How to Become an NFL Scout


Some football fans wish to do more than watch games and cheer on their favorite teams. Acquiring a job in the NFL is the dream of many people who have enjoyed the game their entire lives. The fact remains, though, that you can't simply call up any NFL team and get hired. As with any corporate job, you must work your way up the ladder.

  • Learn the game of football intimately.

  • Take a college or online management and/or scouting course to learn what to look for when scouting football players, how to study the game both on the field and on paper and what NFL teams are looking for from their scouts.

  • Go to local high school and college games and practice scouting different players. Take a digital camera and record some of the game; bring a notepad and a pen and take plenty of notes. Write down specific things about players, such as the ability of a quarterback to hit the open man down field or a linebacker's ability to break through the offensive line. Be aware of more than basic statistics.

  • Obtain a job or internship at a local high school or college working for one of their scouts. Hone your skills as a scout and learn what NFL teams are looking for from their scouts.

  • Work through the ranks, and send your resume and some scouting tapes to higher lever colleges. Eventually, send your resume to NFL teams.

Tips & Warnings

  • Becoming an NFL scout takes years.

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