Browns Utilizing YouTube to Scout Players


Offensive lineman Joel Reinders, signed by the Browns as an undrafted free agent, did not send out tapes of himself playing for the University of Waterloo in Canada. Instead, he and his agent relied on a YouTube highlight reel in the hopes that an NFL team would take notice and be impressed enough to give the giant lineman (Reinders is listed at 6-7, 320 lbs) a shot. Lucky for him, the Browns took that chance, and Reinders has become one of a few NFL players who have set a precedent for what could become a growing trend.

It might seem like a joke, but there is no reason that YouTube could not become a valuable tool in the scouting process. Naturally, NFL scouts are going to have to wade through crappy highlight videos set to terrible music done by people with little else to do (but man, do I love the good highlight videos out there), but when an official one such as Reinders’ comes along, they should give it some serious thought.

- The Browns have signed tight end Alex Smith to a one-year deal, adding even more depth to the position. As you may remember, the Browns also signed tight end Ben Watson to a three-year deal this off-season.

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  • http://www.clevelandbrownsweblog.com Clayton

    Reinders was planning, of course, to be groomed for the Canadian Football League. Very few offensive linemen in Canada are the size of Reinders because the field is wider and the passing game more imperative (especially with just three downs), thus, the guys in the trenches usually need to be more nimble. This guy is unique in that he has the footwork and the size to compete with the big boys in the NFL. An interesting pick-up by the Browns.

  • Mark

    The Browns didn’t only look at his film, but his CFL E-camp testing results as well, where he topped all other OL in every test

  • JimmyDiDago

    IMO, Holmgren has struck again with this kid! Seems to me , the Green Bay glory years had a couple of Canadians on the roster that contributed significantly. One may have even been a starter. Want to say a receiver, but not sure. I’ll have to do a little research on this.
    Anyway, I suspect that we’ll be hearing much more of him throughout training camp and at final roster cuts.
    With the positive reports of Shawn Lauvao already coming in and provided Reinders he can pick up the NFL quality blocking schemes, sounds as if we could possibly have the final piece to what would amount to the a sickeningly dominant O-lines in the NFL.