In Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl, Dallas Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett took some time this week to discuss the type of players he and the Cowboys are looking for prior to the 2012 NFL Draft, and it wasn’t really all that surprising.
“In general, you want smart, tough football players who have a passion for playing,” Garrett said Tuesday, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “That’s something you want from every guy, regardless of what their position is.”
Indeed. But as far as football is concerned, Garrett says, intelligence can be relative.
“There are different degrees of smart,” he said. “You can factor in instinct, and test scores are certainly part of that. But also a feel for how you play the game is part of that, and that varies from position to position.”
Just as important in Garrett’s, and the Cowboys’ analysis of prospects, is a visible commitment to the game of football.
“You want guys who are willing to play football, willing to work at it, willing to be part of a team and who want to get better every day,” Garrett said.
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