I still don't get the
Last weekend in Indianapolis and through Tuesday, football players will wear almost no football equipment while running some drills they practice specifically for this showcase but rarely execute in football games as a way of convincing teams they deserve to play in actual
But here's the thing: Multi-million-dollar decisions will be made in part because of information gathered at the combine.
NFL teams are looking for measurables. Not just height and weight, but vertical leap and 40-yard dash speeds and running around cones.
Yes, running around cones. How embarrassing: a drill created to gauge defensive ends rushing around
Drill and test all you want, but I never felt the combine activities measured who can play football. Game tape measures that. The combine drills measure who might star on "Ninja Warrior.''
I mean, is the game played in shirts and shorts? Then why do people ooh and aah at blazing 40-yard dash times recorded while looking nothing like a football player?
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Oh, and being able to read a game plan. Now the NFL has a second intelligence/personality test. Yes. Well. Why didn't anyone give Hester a playbook test?
Teams will drool over a guy who stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 267 pounds. The combine doesn’t tell you that
The most important part of the combine is the medical evaluation, or as the Bears refer to it, winter vacation. Is a player hurt? Is he lying about an injury? Unlike the Bears, some teams don't want players who come pre-injured.
The only other worthwhile event seems to be the personal interviews, especially when dealing with someone like Manti Te'o and his backstory. Te'o faced media questioning the way he faced NFL team questioning about the fairy tale he either engineered or got suckered into, pick one, or parts of both.
But you know what? If the guy hadn't played like such a stiff in the BCS title game and instead showed he could dominate Alabama's NFL-quality linemen, then teams would only ask whether Lennay Kekua had a fake sister at home who was dating a draft-eligible player.