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  • Tony Softli
    Tony SoftliDirector of College Recruiting

    Southeast Region

    Tony Softli, former front office executive, evaluated both professional and collegiate athletes for more than 15 years for the NFL. Also, he organized and managed the entire personnel process from training camp to the NFL Draft. He is currently a 101 ESPN NFL Insider, host of Pro Football Sunday, member of Pro Football Writers of America and Saint Louis Rams sideline reporter for Rams Radio Network.

    Email: NFLPABowl1@gmail.com, or click below.
    Phone: 314-392-1336
  • Jerry Shay
    Jerry ShayCollege Recruiter

    West Coast Region

    Jerry Shay is a former American football defensive tackle for the NFL, where he played for the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants. The former Purdue collegiate football player was selected seventh overall in the 1966 NFL Draft. Shay retired in 2012 from his position as assistant director of college scouting for the New York Giants. He had been a member of the team's scouting staff since 1977.

    Email: NFLPABowl2@gmail.com, or click below.
  • Johnny Meads
    Johnny MeadsCollege Recruiter

    Midwest Region

    Johnny Meads is a former professional linebacker in the NFL for the then Houston Oilers (1984-1992) and Washington Redskins (1992). He was drafted in the third round of the 1984 NFL Draft after playing college football at Nicholls State University. He earned his first scouting position in 1997 when he joined the Green Bay Packers as a college scout for the Southwest area. Meads was also a scout for the Midwest region for the Tennessee Titans.

    Email: NFLPABowl3@gmail.com, or click below.
  • Josh Buchanan
    Josh BuchananCollege Recruiter

    East Coast Region,
    Small Colleges & HBCU

    Josh Buchanan is the owner and director of scouting for JB Scouting. He keeps in contact with small school prospects all year, gaining an immense amount of knowledge about the prospect players and teams. He is also a writer for the Football Championship Subdivision and previously worked with Phil Steele on postings under the Pro Hopefuls section of D2Football.com.

    Email: NFLPABowl4@gmail.com, or click below.

Recruiter’s Spotlight

  • Q&A with Director of College Recruiting, Tony Softli, Part II
    Q&A with Director of College Recruiting, Tony Softli, Part II
    Editor’s Note: Tony Softli is the Director of College Recruiting for the NFLPA Recruiting Department. Softli has spent more than 15 years serving as an NFL club front office executive evaluating college and pro players. In Part II of this Q&A with Softli, talks about the qualities he looks for in players, the typical day […]
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  • Q&A with Director of College Recruiting, Tony Softli
    Q&A with Director of College Recruiting, Tony Softli
    Editor’s Note: Tony Softli is the Director of College Recruiting for the NFLPA Recruiting Department. Softli has spent more than 15 years serving as an NFL club front office executive evaluating college and pro players. In Part I of this Q&A with Softli, he talks about his scouting experience and the department’s philosophy and objectives. […]
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  • Recruiter’s Spotlight: Anthony Barr
    Recruiter’s Spotlight: Anthony Barr
    Editor’s Note: Tony Softli is the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Director of College Recruiting and has spent more than 15 years serving as an NFL club front office executive evaluating college and pro players. Throughout the college football season, Softli will provide analysis on players featured on our Big Board. Below is an in-depth look at […]
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