When GM Scot McCloughan was asked on Thursday who had influenced his draft philosophy the most, he gave three names – his father, former Packers GM Ron Wolf and the current GM of the Packers, Ted Thompson.
“I learned a lot from all of them,” McCloughan said. “Never lose sight of a good football player. It’s not just the production and the tape and all that but the person himself – the character, the passion, the intelligence. Life’s short in this business. And if you have a vision, stick with it.”
McCloughan’s vision has been cultivated throughout his career. He first worked with Thompson as an area scout in Green Bay from 1994-2000 and then in Seattle as the Director of College Scouting from 2001-2005.
In his current role as the head man in San Francisco, McCloughan is still close with Thompson, who had nothing but compliments for his former protogé when I asked about him on Friday.
“Scot’s a grinder,” Thompson said. “I think he’s done a marvelous job if you look at his drafts. They’ve been solid every year. He’s gotten some outstanding Pro Bowl players through the draft, which isn’t as easy as some people might think it is. He’s accumulated draft picks and he has two [first round picks] this year. I think we both have a strong belief that you build your team through the draft.”
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