Saturday, February 23, 2013

Jeff Ireland talks role of social media in scouting


Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland uses the term "twitterer." So there's that.

When speaking to the media Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ireland talked about what role, if any, Twitter plays when scouting talent. (photo: Chris J. Nelson, Wikimedia)

"...I’m not very good at it but I know I have guys on my staff that are very good at it and they follow it and they look at it," Ireland said, via the team's media site. "I don’t know how much of the evaluation process that it’s taking in. Again it’s more information in what (the players are) saying and maybe there’s a sense of maturity that goes along with being a heavy twitterer, is that right language, heavy twitterer.

"My guys on my staff are very good at it. They follow a lot of college athletes and I think it’s going to be a little bit bigger process as we move forward.”

Ireland said that the emphasis on monitoring social media has grown with social media itself over the last two years. While he said his crew won't "actually pull up (a player's) twitter page or anything in a meeting aspect," the individual scouts are responsible for bringing forth any important findings in regard to the player's use of social media.

"... more or less it’s on the individual scout to really to grind in to what they’re saying," Ireland said. " ... the individual scout or the national scout or maybe even the college director may bring a snippet of information to the process.”

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