Since the dawn of sports leagues, teams have had scouts set up throughout the land in regions that made sense travel wise. These scouts, would have to be learned in as many positions as possible. They had to develop relationships with coaches, sports writers, etc. on that region so they could get first crack at the next unknown prospect. At the time there was no other way to do this but have a man on the ground, pounding the pavement and sleeping in motels. The problem, as I see it, is that it is virtually impossible to be well versed enough in every position group to properly identify the best prospects from the chaff. There is a very different set of standards for a lineman and a WR. Sure, like a dog show judge, you can have the desired measurables memorized for the breed (read: positional group) you're looking at, but picking the right player is more than measurables. If it wasn't, you wouldn't even need scouts, just a spreadsheet with everyone's info. I think there's a romanticism linked to the old regional scout way of doing things. The weary scout, decades long into his career, finally hits upon the cornfed slab of meat LB in the middle of East Butthole, Indiana, with off the charts athleticism and "aw shucks" charm, who never even played football, then lights the NFL on fire, hits the HoF and thanks the scout that found him all those years ago...fade to black, cue credits. Its a great story...it just doesn't exist or happen enough to merit doing it this way. Nowadays though, we have vast amounts of information in our pockets. Leagues are spending more money than they've ever had. There's pro days, combines, special games for scouting players, etc....so why the hell not have scouts who specialize in position groups? Let's make our scouts experts in the actual positions and not experts of a region. If the best lineman coming out in a given year and the scout in that area is great at LBs and QBs and weak at linemen, then is that best use of resources? I say, screw the undiscovered gem, it is time this team finds the gems from groups everyone already knows about. Get specialists and to hell with regions.