When the Lions hired former Broncos General Manager Brian Xanders as a senior personnel executive last month, one of his roles was said to be changing the way the team’s scouting department evaluates players.
General Manager Martin Mayhew has provided a few more details about how Xanders will be doing that. Xanders has been tasked with creating a new, proprietary scouting database for the Lions to use in both college and pro scouting. It’s something Xanders has done for other teams in the past and is part of a larger league-wide transition to a more analytical, data-driven approach than in the past.
“There are a lot of things that you can do with it,” Mayhew said, via the Detroit Free Press. “If you’re on the clock or during the draft if you want to compare player to player, the ability to line up all their stats, all their measurables, all their combine data, and look at that on a screen and compare it player to player instead of going by recollection or flipping through books or changing from one database to another on a laptop. That kind of information is the kind of thing that he’s done in the past and that’s just one example. There are kind of different things we can do with it.”
Given Lions president Tom Lewand’s desire to see more return from the team’s draft picks, it’s not surprising that the Lions are trying whatever they can do to maximize things on the scouting end of things.