Foundation: A Principle for a Successful NFL Draft

David Meltzer discusses foundation principles for NFL Draft

The 2016 NFL draft is here! What should Owners, GMs, Presidents, and Coaches look for in these draftees? They should utilize the number one principle from Connected to Goodness, Foundation.

When deciding who to draft:

Personal values

Make sure that the player is aligned with the values of the team; integrity, honesty, discipline, work ethic, to name a few. Teams also look and see if there are any red flags concerning the potential risk of misalignment with these values. Look for the guys that show up first and are last to leave, those people who have overcome certain circumstances and still have gratitude, empathy, accountability, and effective communication. Take, for example, one of the league’s best linebackers, Vontaze Burfict, who coincidentally starts this season on suspension for repeated rules violations. Burfict, fairly or unfairly, went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft because of perceived issues with his personal values.

Experiential values

Look and see what education, situational knowledge, experiences (both on and off the field) that are deemed “successive events” for that individual player. See what type of mentors that they have and see what type of dummy tax they’ve already experienced, like Jameis Winston and his crab leg fiasco. We watch these players through different interviews and observe them to see what they possess outside of the great talent or experience. What experience or situational knowledge do they have and how do they leverage it? They have to be able to make many mistakes and be accountable for them. They need to be more interested than interesting and continue to grow exponentially on and off the field.

Giving values

One of the key components that I learned with Leigh Steinberg was we looked to see what prospects were giving back. This was a huge indicator that helps us know the character, integrity, and beliefs of the individual young man. We felt that if a player was willing to give back to his community, that he would be easy to manage, extremely gracious, accountable, empathetic, and have the ability to effectively communicate. We looked to see if they have been kind to their future self.

Receiving values

We want them to understand that they need to be able to receive not only financial wealth but criticism, constructive criticisms, and attention from social networking. There are many types of things that they must be able to receive, and these prospects must be able to understand that giving and receiving are one. We want to make sure that they’re not necessarily just money driven, but they are able to receive and feel worthy of what they receive, because if they feel worthy of what they receive they’re more likely to have great balance in their life, and to help others with that as well. They must believe in abundance, hard work, and trust the universe, but still “tie up their camels”.

To draft the right new players it is important they have the correct foundation values, personal values, experiential values, giving values and receiving values. If these values are all in balance, and they’re all aligned with that of the ownership, general management, the coaches, then we will statistically be more successful when making choices in this upcoming 2016 NFL draft.

By: David Meltzer

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