During last season, the Detroit Lions surveyed the other franchises around the NFL and determined nearly two-thirds of teams were using scouting databases developed in-house.

It's a trend that has rapidly emerged over the past few years.

According to general manager Martin Mayhew, the Lions have outsourced these scouting systems, through various companies, the 12 years he has been with the organization. Wanting to keep up with the technological changes sweeping the league, the team hired former Denver Broncos general manager Brian Xanders as a senior personnel executive.

One of Xanders' first roles will be developing an internal system to organize the Lions' pro and college scouting data.

"That's going to be an important part of the process in terms of our personnel, becoming more data driven, and utilizing all the resources available," Mayhew said, "having everything in one place to use those resources to make our decisions."

Mayhew explained the advantages of having an internally developed system, saying it provides easy access to scouting data presented in a way that's most useful to the team. He provided a quick example how it would work in the war room during the NFL draft.

"Say you're on the clock during the draft, and you want to compare player to player. There's an ability to line up all their stats, all their measurables, all their combine data on a screen and compare player to player instead of going by recollection, flipping through books, or going through one database to another on a laptop."