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Learn from NFL Execs and Coaches about the process of scouting. 


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The Scouting Academy proudly hosts a Live Classroom hosted at the Reese's Senior Bowl

Senior Bowl Live Classroom

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What makes the Scouting Academy a unique place to learn?


With over 450 years of combined NFL experience and 14 Lombardi trophies, there is no better place to learn the game.

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Our Academy has liaisons with many NFL Scouting Departments. You will not find a better network anywhere.

Showcase your work to NFL teams!


We have the industry's longest and most robust course. For only $950, you will have real NFL insight in your living room.

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Our instructors are excited about developing the next generation and poised to share core evaluation techniques.


Integrated tutorials. Proven techniques. Unparalleled knowledge... All online.

Because we understand that you cannot drop everything and attend a 16-week course, we have designed the curriculum and built an online learning platform to bring the class to you. You will be able to create a flexible class schedule around your life and have full access to the library of information and years of experience that our instructors bring. There should be no reason you cannot invest in your future despite any life events or previous commitments. 

With each of the 32 NFL teams operating under different value sets and schematics, we teach trait-by-trait evaluations that arm up-and-coming analysts with a vast array of proficiencies. Our Academy allows you to seamlessly step into the scouting world and execute at a high level.

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Hear directly from our Alumni who have successfully leveraged the curriculum and earned their roles with NFL and CFB programs

"I first learned about the Scouting Academy after attending their Live Classroom held at the Senior Bowl and immediately registered for the next semester. Signing up for the program was the best investment I could have made for myself and my career. Even with my solid knowledge of the game of football, I was still able to gain so much insight about the evaluation process from experts that have done it first hand. I am truly grateful to Dan Hatman and his staff for creating a program tailored for aspiring scouts."

—Alex Smith (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

"Dan Hatman established my foundation when it comes to the evaluation process. His knowledge and experiences also allowed me to further improve my schematic understanding and prepare me for how to gain the coaches trust with my evaluations. Dan will push you to become the best you can possibly be."

—Greg Castillo (Kansas City Chiefs)

"Buying supplies to send my resume packets to NFL scouts and executives: $200. Preparing and sending emails to make connections and inquire about job opportunities: 4 hours. Signing up and participating in The Scouting Academy: Priceless! At first I hesitated to sign up due to the price point, but after participating in the Scouting Academy, I proudly see it as a strong investment in myself. It is a no fuss course that has value for too many reasons to list here. The level of NFL evaluation education and experience that the Scouting Academy provides is essential for anyone that is trying to break into the football scouting world. The cherry on top is Dan Hatman, who excels at personal communication through his feedback and general advice about the world of football."

—Garret Mann (Carolina Panthers)

"The Scouting Academy offers the unparalleled experience of learning directly from a large group of experienced NFL executives and coaches. The information students will learn from these personnel experts is priceless and rarely offered to young aspiring scouts. There is no better way to learn about being an NFL scout than learning from the experts who have done it for a living."

—Ryan Gold (Arizona Cardinals)

"The Scouting Academy is a great opportunity to really learn how to evaluate players in a way that NFL decision makers look for. It is up to you to get yourself in the door, but once you're in the door, the Scouting Academy provides you the knowledge and first-hand experience required to impress in your interview. Anyone who wants to give themselves the best chance to succeed in an NFL interview I highly recommend the Scouting Academy."

—Brentley Weissman (Los Angeles Chargers)

"Dan and his instructors provide incredible experience, knowledge, and resources that aren’t available anywhere else. Through this course, you will improve your football acumen, learn how to study film like an NFL Scout, and practice verbalizing your evaluations professionally. Through hands-on instruction, The Scouting Academy teaches organized and duplicable techniques to evaluate and write about the game of football. The application is up to you."

—Nathan DiGregorio (Arizona Cardinals)

"The Scouting Academy will greatly help young scouts. There have not been high caliber avenues to learn what it is to scout, what to look at in players, how to evaluate players, etc. There is no bachelor’s degree for scouting. This Academy will put you in contact with people that have reached the level we all want to reach and allow you to take their experience and actually learn from it."

—Dustin Regan (BLESTO Scouting)

"NFL coaches and executives provide the best advice as they have been through the process and have vast knowledge and wisdom of both what you need to know and what you need to do to be successful. Dan Hatman is one of those people. He has aided my development by explaining the life of a scout both in the beginning years and the path that follows after that. I received great advice that I still hold on to today and have seen firsthand. Any question that I had regarding scouting he was more than happy and able to answer."

—Matt Evans (Washington Redskins)

"The exposure that you get with The Scouting Academy to some great football minds is outstanding. A lot of the personnel structure and methods that NFL teams use is making its way to the college level. This course had a big impact on some of the things we are doing now. If you love football and are constantly looking to learn more, this course is well worth your time."

—Drew Hughes (University of Tennessee)

"It's about both what you know and who you know. With The Scouting Academy, you get both. The instructors with The Scouting Academy are second to none and provide you with valuable knowledge that you can’t get anywhere else. The best part about The Scouting Academy is the personal touch added by Dan Hatman, who spends considerable time providing feedback on your reports as well as just general advice. I can’t recommend The Scouting Academy enough for aspiring coaches and scouts alike, and the enrollment fee is well-worth the valuable investment in your future."

—Aaron Miller (Ohio State University)


—Tory Woodbury (Los Angeles Rams)


—Peter Picerelli (Washington Redskins)


—Steve Neal (Detroit Lions)


—Dom DeCicco (San Francisco 49ers)

"The Scouting Academy has the tools and resources any aspiring scout could need. Their in-depth learning style and hands on teaching created directly from NFL Coaches and NFL executives is an invaluable resource. The Scouting Academy will up your game through networking with the industries best to learning the intricacies of the game. Regardless of whether you want to utilize The Scouting Academy to become a successful professional football scout or simply to learn more about the game of football, The Scouting Academy has everything you need to succeed in an accessible location."

—Chance Trickett (Los Angeles Rams)

"The Scouting Academy is the best and most accessible way to learn the scouting process other than working for a team. The resources, curriculum setup and the staff that is provided is unmatched by anyone else out there. With the number of guys scattered around the league with the SA background growing, the program is starting to speak for itself."

—Matt Waugh (Los Angeles Rams)

"I appreciate The Scouting Academy for all that the program has to offer. It is a opportunity for aspiring evaluators to gain insight into player evaluations from individuals who have had success in the field. You are afforded the opportunity to pursue your passion while practicing your craft and honing your skills. It is a great opportunity, on the job training, and a great networking opportunity."

—Patrick Williams (Baltimore Ravens)

"The Scouting Academy was critical in understanding the fundamentals of the evaluation process used in the National Football League. Aspiring coaches and scouts alike will be exposed to the many methods used by NFL professionals to evaluate talent that can be applied at any level of football. It was absolutely a worthwhile investment."

—Mike Lacy (Indianapolis Colts)