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Help Wanted: NFL Scouts

How hard is it to become an NFL scout?
NFL scouts watch intently during Oklahoma State’s NFL Pro Day in Stillwater, Okla., Thursday, March 9, 2017. Photo by Kurt Steiss, for The Oklahoman

I know there are a lot of people out there with the dream of being in the NFL, and since I am a fan at heart, I am reaching out to the football world with an offer.

In 2017, I was in contact with Browns’ owner Mr. Jimmy Haslam. I first sent him a card saying, “I can put together a Hall of Fame staff within three weeks if given the opportunity.” Two weeks later, Mr. Haslam responded to me and personally asked me for my ideas.

I have some people in mind carrying over from my 166-page GM proposal I sent to Mr. Haslam. However, I want to revisit this now and see who else also might like an opportunity to be an NFL scout, so when I am named, I can fill out my staff.

My story is different. My story is the true story of a fan who made it into the NFL. I did not get in with the Jets based on who I knew. I came up as a fanatic of the Washington Redskins and being a fan is at the heart of who I am.

I envision a scouting staff of fans, the people who care the most, the people with the most passion. I am looking for people who love the game. That is the number one “critical factor,” I desire in my players, therefore it is the number one most important characteristic I want in my scouts. The reason being, we can only see in others what is in ourselves. This is how Bill Belichick has run circles around the parody-driven NFL over the past 20 years. He has a few non-negotiable characteristics he has to have in his players and he has scouts who possess these exact characteristics. Therefore, that is all they bring to him – – players who have the characteristics and that is who he brings in.

I am wanting to get to know those who are very serious about wanting to become scouts. I want to know about your love for the game most of all and I want to know about your dream. 

Let me say this: Nothing is impossible. If I could get hired in the NFL after playing one year of high school football on the bench and failing out of a small community college, anything is possible. 

Work ethic and ability to take direction also plays a role. Loving to grind film plays a huge part too. I will sort through the responses and read every word. I will have assignments for you if you are selected, it could be looking at a player and giving me your opinion or it could be something I need done which is how mutual trust and dependability are formed, as we get to know one another.

I want to help you and I need your help to become part of my strategy to get myself in front of an NFL owner. 

This is your chance to be a part of it. 

Please turn your passion into words and email me at:

[email protected]

Daniel Kelly is a former NFL scout with the New York Jets. He was hired on the regime which featured Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick, Scott Pioli, Mike Tannenbaum, and Dick Haley. He currently writes for Sports Illustrated Detroit Lions and he is a contributing evaluator for Draft Diamonds. For more information about him visit his website at He can be followed on Twitter @danielkellybook and his Facebook page is WHATEVER IT TAKES NFL TALK. 

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