Greg Schiano nailed his first NFL Draft with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year, drafting safety Mark Barron, running back Doug Martin and linebacker Lavonte David, all of who became productive starters as rookies.
Even more impressively, Schiano was able to evaluate all of them on a time crunch. He hadn't even been on the job one month before going to the 2012 NFL Combine to scout his future athletes. Schiano's second combine was much easier, he told the Tampa Tribune:
"This time last year, it was just such a whirlwind,'' Schiano said. "So, it is certainly better to be here now with circumstances being what they are, because this is a critical part of the process. It's all about gathering information, and we've done a lot of research already with our scouting department and our coaches and now we have a chance to see these players do some things live."
Last year, Schiano said he had to watch film on athletes after they impressed him at the Combine. This past weekend, he went to Indianapolis with a much better idea of who and what to watch, making the whole experience "a lot more enlightening."
The Bucs currently own the No. 13 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Matthew Fairburn projects Alabama's Dee Milliner to fall to Tampa Bay, though a blistering 40-time could bump the cornerback back into the Top 10. Whatever happens, expect Schiano to be ready.
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