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Brian Xanders developing new scouting database for Lions


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.

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7 Responses to “Brian Xanders developing new scouting database for Lions”
  1. eatitfanboy says: Feb 18, 2013 10:30 AM

    Welcome to the 21st century.

  2. gbmickey says: Feb 18, 2013 10:36 AM

    What have the Lions been doing throwing darts at a board?

  3. metzgerf says: Feb 18, 2013 11:19 AM

    Cue the Lions haters (in all their irrational “glory”)…

  4. metzgerf says: Feb 18, 2013 11:26 AM

    This is a positive thing for the Lions, but people who hate the Lions will have negative things to say no matter how much sense they make.

  5. fuzzytaint says: Feb 18, 2013 11:49 AM

    Sob Sob you guys are picking on the 4 win lions.It’s just not fair.Everbody hates us.It’s not our fault.I mean who could’ve predicted matt millens right hand man would struggle? It’s your guy’s fault!!!

  6. belgaron says: Feb 18, 2013 2:50 PM

    A flashy database will not make up for faulty evaluation data.

  7. theboondoggles says: Feb 18, 2013 4:02 PM

    So you’re putting together a unified Excel spreadsheet with tables? How about some real analytics? Maybe a regression analysis or two?

    It’s not that hard to calculate trends. Why not look at past draft and team data to predict other teams’ future picks?

    It’s sad to see multi million dollar companies that won’t act like multi million dollar companies just because they happen to be football teams.

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