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Floyd Reese / ESPN

Although checking a player's background has always been important, it has become essential over the past decade.

With so many talented athletes competing for so few positions, NFL franchises realize their investment will be best protected by having an in-depth knowledge of an athlete's history. This includes, among other things, character, personality, attitude traits and accomplishments.

Here are five areas researched by most teams to help them understand a player's history.

1. College check: This is often the first step in accumulating information on the draft class. A college head coach can provide an overview of a specific player and the relationship that player has had with the team, teammates, coaching staff and university. He can also compare and contrast him to successful NFL players. The position coach can provide specifics on practice habits, meeting room demeanor and the player's attitude about football both on and off the field. The strength coach can provide information on the player's work habits, offseason attendance, competitiveness and work ethic. Full Story – ESPN
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft08/columns/story?columnist=reese_floyd&id=3325852
 

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