I thought about starting a whole separate thread for that. Maybe I should have since this thread was meant to talk about Accorsi's thoughts from the team site article.
If someone else wants to, I won't mind.
not sure how necessary it is.
just send them here and be done with it: http://www.draftdadd...ures/blesto.htm
simply put it's one of a couple collection of teams that are responsible for ranking college players heading into the draft. they narrow the thousands of draft eligible people down to just a couple hundred or so to help their team and others focus on the best prospects.
teams work together simply because it's more cost effective to do this. they share resources and money to get the job done. blesto is one of two primary groups doing this. the other is called national (which is what the panthers are in). national is the bigger of the two and it seems in the past few years some teams have jumped from blesto to national. there are a few teams that are independent.
both groups help put together the combine which is where they get the closest look at players, but they are also responsible for selecting who goes. blesto and national scouts pretty much scout all year and look at not only seniors, but underclassmen as well and keep a running evaluation on them. both groups vote who gets to go to the combine.
i guess that kind of sums it up a bit.