Every NFL team's scouting staff starts the summer with a simple question: Who are the top seniors we need to evaluate in the coming college football and draft season?
The work of identifying those seniors starts sooner, though.
Scouts who visit schools in the fall to check on top seniors are taught to ask coaches and strength staff about upcoming seniors as well. "Who are the best players for next year?" has to be a question in the repertoire of scouts making house calls to top universities.
Any area scout worth their salary already knows who the top seniors are for 2020, and they probably have started a list of top seniors in their area for 2021, too.