The Stanford predicament

...Or how you distinguish a player's NFL future from his team's combined talents

Updated: April 20, 2012, 4:24 PM ET
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

EVERY FOOTBALL PLAY tells a story. Many stories, actually: those of players, of teams, of the play itself, all intertwined like the wires in a messy circuit box. It's a scout's job to make sense of these stories, distilling them to distinguish the great players from those who only appear so, ultimately seeking to answer the multimillion-dollar question: If players' pasts are woven together, what's the story of each of their futures?

David Shaw, Stanford's coach, ...

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