Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 4/24/13
When it comes down to the NFL Draft, fifty percent is evaluation and the other fifty is plain luck. However, Pittsburgh Steelers GM Kevin Colbert understands that scenario, and though as good as the Steelers are in the drafting business, there are pitfalls and false gold. Colbert talks of doing the due diligence, getting to know the players, trying to gauge their intelligence, but in the end everyone needs a little luck. Even when the team has a good find, once they get into the system, they could fold like a lawn chair. “The areas when we’ve missed it’s been the intangible areas, the things you can’t measure,” Colbert said, via Mike Florio of Profootballtalk.com. “You try to spend as much time with these guys as you can.  Even if a kid doesn’t have any [past] character indiscretions, when you get him in your locker room maybe he wilts.  You just don’t know the real true personality until you stick them into your program and watch them work and watch them go to meetings and how they interact with players.”  “That’s the biggest thing that I’ve seen when we failed, it’s been the intangible qualities that we haven’t been able to predict.” “The other thing would be the intelligence.  Players have different levels of intelligence.  It’s a very complicated sport from a learning standpoint, probably more so than any other professional sport and you have to factor in that learning, and some kids just can’t handle it.” “Even though they have the physical abilities, their mental capabilities maybe don’t match up.  So again in our situation, when we’ve missed its been those two areas and that’s what we try to focus on, but quite honestly it’s the hardest thing.  It’s just something you can’t nail down all the time.”  
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