The Seattle Seahawks are one of the best teams in finding talent in the draft and free agency. As the team starts to form their roster for the 2017, the front office is looking for what medical baggage players have before anything else.
“The main purpose of the combine starting out was medical,” said Scott Fitterer, the Seahawks’ co-director of player personnel, via Seahawks.com.
“It was a cost-effective way to bring everyone together, get all the team doctors there. That’s how it all started, then from there it went to running the 40s, the jumps, then the interviews.
“Aside from the medicals, it’s really getting to know the players. Interviewing them, talking to juniors, talking to seniors we didn’t talk to during the season. Just getting to know who they are and what makes them tick, that’s the most important part of this for us.”
Trent Kirchner, another top evaluator in the draft for the Seahawks agrees the medicals are the biggest factor.
“The biggest thing is the medical,” Kirchner said.
“You’re only allowed to bring in 30 guys, and you need to get the medical. The medical’s the most important thing. I don’t think fans realize how many guys may come off your board because of medical, or they may not come off your board, but go from the second round to the fourth round.”