If you ask almost any Bills fan who was to blame for the Bills universally horrible drafts before Buddy Nix rode into town the answer you’ll most often here in Tom Modrak. Now of course these aren’t Modrak’s fault, after all he wasn’t even the GM. However when he was brought into Buffalo as a draft wizard of sorts, he had spent time with Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and had done great things in their drafts for them.
What happened in Buffalo was a mix of poor scouting, poor execution, and just bad luck. For most of Modrak’s tenure the Bills Front Office structure was a mess. We went from Donahoe, to Brandon, to a three or four headed monster that nobody understood. At one point Marv Levy was even involved and that’s not a good thing. Needless to say the Bills were a disaster and it showed both on the field and in the draft. The fan bases needed a scapegoat and for many it was Modrak.
And to those fans it is with my sincerest apologies that I now tell you Tom Modrak is indeed back.
I’m going to let that sink in for just another minute, yes Tom Modrak is back and yes his influence does involve our beloved Buffalo Bills. Let me explain how…
CBS Sports has learned that the NFL Scouting Service BLESTO has hired Modrak to become part of their team. BLESTO and National are the two scouting services that NFL teams subscribe to. National has the majority of teams while some instead choose BLESTO. They release rankings to NFL teams that are closely guarded secrets by the league. These rankings are based on the scouting analysis done by their scouting staffs. Each team also commits a scout to the service to help with the process.
Only seven teams use BLESTO at the moment, they are the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, and you guessed it our Buffalo Bills.
Oh and for those curious as to what Modrak’s new role with BLESTO will be, that would be Scouting Director. His hands will be all over the scouting rankings and reports that the Bills receive annually as part of the BLESTO service.