Vrabel a good example of scheme determining success
Mike Vrabel is an apt comparison for three middle-round 2008 linebackers who would benefit from being drafted into the right scheme.
What does Vrabel have to do with the 2008 draft? While projected first- and second-round picks are expected to perform regardless of which team they sign with, middle-round picks like Vrabel aren't as well-rounded. It is a challenge for NFL front offices to find contributors in that area of the draft, where most of the players are like Vrabel and lack elite natural ability. One of the best ways to successfully accomplish this is to identify players who have the specific tools to excel in their team's scheme. As a result, the chances of a middle-round pick succeeding in the NFL are tied closely to which team drafts him.
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