Feb 28, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; LSU Tigers defensive back Morris Claiborne does the vertical jump during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Scouting Combine: Scott Pioli Provides His Expertise


The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine kick off officially starts  today with intensive coverage of the much anticipated event provided by the NFL Network.

Over 330 NFL prospects start their journey in the pursuit to become the next NFL’s top player in the league. For us, fans, it’s time to go window-shopping for the next player that represents a chance for our team to be a Super Bowl contender and possible winner.

To take care of business, NFL Network and NFL.com will be featuring an unparalleled 24-man roster of talent to cover the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, together with NFL Draft experts Mike Mayock and Charles Davis. Also, former NFL head coaches Steve Mariucci and Brian Billick will weigh in their expertise – just to name a few.

Among the entire top-quality analyst in the field, one name is very familiar, and that is former VP of Player Personnel for the New England Patriots and former General Manager for the Kansas City Chiefs – Scott Pioli.

Along with head coach Bill Belichick, Scott Pioli was the “brain, heart and soul” of the Patriots organization serving as Director and later as Vice President of Player Personnel from 2001 to 2008. He was the guy behind the scene in the pursuit of building the perfect team recognized by his ability to build a team; not just collecting individual talents. After his departure with the Patriots, his position was divided among four employees.

After an unsuccessful four years with the Chiefs organization for not bringing in a top-quality quarterback and head coach, Pioli found himself on the market. Instead of joining any other team in the league, Pioli went for a contract with SiriusXM NFL Radio, FoxSports.com reported.

Starting today in this week’s NFL Scouting Combine, Pioli will also share his expertise, in-depth analysis, and perspective into the Combine process from recent front office executives leading up to the draft.

It will be interesting to see if there is any possibility of Pioli returning to New England in 2014. Possibilities are highly doubtful, but he was the guy that worked with Bill Belichick in building the perfect team, winning three Super Bowls, and completing a perfect 16-0 season. Maybe Pioli was the “12th man” on the field and the “54th man” on the roster.

 

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