Bucs G.M. Mark Dominik didn’t get his recent contract extension by following the crowd.
Dominik has a different way of preparing for all the draft day scenarios than most. While many teams run through mock drafts as a way to prepare for the big day, Dominik prefers “pods.”
“It’s a little different than we’ve ever done around here before. It’s worked for the last couple of years for me. It’s really breaking out players into individual traits and kind of rating them within a pod and then looking at a big picture,” Dominik told Justin Pawlowski on WDAE over the weeked, via our friends at JoeBucsfans.com.
“I don’t look at [mock drafts]. I’m certainly focused on seeing what other people are saying, but for me we do things a little bit differently in our building, and I’m hoping that gives us a competitive advantage.”
We’re not exactly sure what the pods entail, but it sounds like a mix of a tiering system and grouping players based on some individual traits the Bucs look for rather than just by position.
The pods pumped out a terrific 2010 draft class after an uneven 2009 class that was more than salvaged by finding Josh Freeman.