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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Veteran Titans scout has his swagger back

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Legendary Titans scout C.O. Brocato wasn't quite himself for the last few drafts, when health issues slowed him down and sapped some of the energy that made him a feisty advocate or critic of players.

He is heading toward his 35th season with the franchise and will turn 80 on Halloween -- and now he carries the title of national supervisor of college scouting. As such, he cross-checks every prospect west of the Mississippi.

At the 2006 scouting combine in Indianapolis, trouble with his artificial hip landed him in the hospital and he's dealt with other health issues in recent years.

But he's feeling more like himself now, according to general manager Mike Reinfeldt, who said it's a good thing for the organization to have the veteran scout's energy back in meetings. The Titans just finished setting their draft board Tuesday afternoon and will spend the rest of the week revising it.

Here's Reinfeldt on Brocato:

"He's got his verve back a little bit, he's got his swagger back, he's back to the old C.O. I think he did a heck of a job the last couple years, but he did have some health issues that he fought through, and he's kind of got his energy back. He's always had the passion, but now he's got the energy and the stamina to go with it."

"I think it's a big thing -- there are a lot of conversations with the scouts, a lot of interaction with the players and I think the experience and overall knowledge he brings, are important, the with the different resources he has and all the players that he's seen. I think he brings a great ability to bring the group together, too."