I envy Draft Crazy at this time a year. Whatever I find out about a player is usually his playing stats and his size and skill measurements. Draft Crazy gets to interview lots of prospects and network with other guys who interview and see prospective players with the more three dimensional views that involve character assessment. So those who interact with players and work with others who do as well - a character assessment is an important factor in predicting player success.
So the question is - how much should you value the player's character and motivations against his numbers?
A case in point is the Denver Bronco's draft. It is an easy shot to trash how the Broncos spent their resources in obtaining the players that they did - from our studied point of view.
The Broncos may have looked at their roster and said - they need more bricks and mortar guys on the roster. For Brick and Mortar guys the Broncos went out looking for high character - high motivation guys who will inject an enthusiasm for the game throughout the roster. Their player evaulations were obviously weighted heavily toward character. The weight of character in the player grade was the stealth component in this draft for the Broncos.
All of the draftees (with a few exceptions) were over achievers - beloved teamates - team leaders - smart and enthusiastic football players - with no agenda but to play the game right. Osweiler wasn't an over acheiver, but he has all the other qualifites listed above. Hillman was the heart and soul of his offense - not an over acheiver, but a sensational yet still developing player. Wolfe, Trevathan, Bolden and Jackson were team leaders for their defenses - guys who pulled others along with them to acheive. Blake was the leader of the Baylor Oline. These guys are football Eagle Scouts - valuable not only as roles players with potential, but Bricks and Mortar for the team.
It may be time to consider that the Broncos wanted this kind of guy - and weren't going to take anyone onto this team who would distract the focus on play execution, practice and dedicaton to the game - and were willing to pay for it to obtain those guys.