Disclaimer: This fanpost has nothing to do with Florida State.
Maybe this isn't the best place to do this, but I figured I'd give it a shot. To follow recruiting I think it's very important to watch film and come up with our own conclusions on players. Reading the reports given by websites, quotes from analysts and comments from other recruitniks is of course valuable, but I know that personally I would love to have a better understanding of just how to watch film.
The problem with highlight videos is that every QB has pinpoint accuracy, every WR has glue for hands, every OL never misses an assignment and every LB makes every tackle. It's almost impossible to find film showing where guys mess up, so you have to make the best of only being able to see what players do well.
Now, when I watch film of a guy like Teddy Bridewater, a guy many believe is the #1 recruit in the country in 2011, and then watch film of another dual threat QB, some random 3 star, I have a hard time telling the difference between the 2. Same with when I watch any RB film... they all seem very similar. All these guys are outrunning defenders, or throwing bombs past the defense, or blowing by blockers making big hits.
I guess what I'm trying to get here is for some of the guys who really know what they're looking for to give some insight to the rest of us of what exactly we should be looking for watching film. It's real frustrating for me how I never can seem to get a handle of what to watch for, what is important, what isn't. Just today I watched som video of Gio Bernard and to be honest, I wasn't very impressed. My thoughts were that he had some nice power but not enough of some other stuff that he would need to be an elite D1 back... then I read the ESPN scouting report and they say he has pretty much everything but needs to work on his running power! Very frustrating.
Anyway, if any of you guys who are good at watching and analysing player film have any insights to share, I'm sure there are MANY people on the site that would love to read.