When he was playing for the Steelers cornerback Chidi Iwuoma would always notice the team’s scouts on the sidelines, especially during training camp, watching practice closely, keeping an eye on every player on the field.
It intrigued him, so much so that during training camp this year he interned with the player personnel department, learning as much as he could about that side of football.
“As a player you always see guys standing out there evaluating and you wonder what they are doing,” said Iwuoma. “That was my initial interest getting into it. I have friends with other organizations and I have talked to these guys to see what it is like. What’s better than to be able to evaluate football players?”
Iwuoma, who is the assistant director of football-student development at the University of California-Berkeley, worked with the scouts on the field and watching film after practice.
“As a player you do film evaluation and you are familiar with players and know what they do and how quick they are,” said Iwuoma. “As a scout you take the objectivity out of it and look at the physical ability. There is a whole different language, things you look for, grades you give guys. Just knowing all the things the Steelers organization looks for. It’s learning the small things and helping you evaluate talent.
“Before coming here I was interested and now I really want to get into scouting. It’s a first step and a great opportunity.”
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