Dane Brugler. (Photo courtesy Dane Brugler)
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Dane Brugler was not going to catch hundreds of passes in the NFL like his Mount Union classmate Pierre Garcon, but the NFL was going to know his name.
While Garcon excelled with the Purple Raiders, Brugler worked in the sports information office. SID Michael De Matteis and Brugler oversaw the football arm.
Garcon played his final season at Mount Union in 2007. He was drafted in the sixth round of NFL Draft 2008 by the Indianapolis Colts. He has played for the Colts, Washington Redskins and, in March, signed a five-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. He has caught 564 passes for 7,068 yards and 37 touchdowns in the NFL.
Brugler graduated in 2008 with a degree in sports management. As important as the degree was/is, Brugler’s applicable “minor” — football player evaluation — eventually put him in the NFL spotlight. He moved to Texas and soon became senior NFL draft analyst for nfldraftscout.com and cbssports.com
In the seemingly endless run-up to an NFL Draft, Brugler is in increasingly high demand, largely because of his annual draft guide. It is a spectacularly comprehensive masterpiece, indicative of someone who works diligently at his craft and knows his stuff.
Coming Sunday: Senior NFL draft analyst Dane Brugler visits DMan’s World to discuss the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft, the top players, and the Browns choices in The Plain Dealer and cleveland.com/dman.
DMan’s World recently spoke with Brugler by phone:
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DMan’s World: Where were you born and raised?
Dane Brugler: I was born in Akron. When I was little, we moved to Warren, Ohio. I grew up in Warren and graduated from Warren JFK in 2004. Then I went to Mount Union.
DW: Did you have a background in football