Originally posted by 4evrfan:
It never ceases to amaze me that someone can have a mediocre or average season, then do well in a bowl game and/or at the combine, and their "stock rises". Shouldn't an entire year's worth of play carry more weight? Reminds me of the guys who play well their contract year, but disappear thereafter. (Hoping Aubrayo doesn't pull that!)
You have to look at context. Sometimes, a player is in a scheme/system where he's not necessarily going to stand out on a game-by-game basis. Sometimes a guy is dealing with injuries and struggles to get healthy...it could be any number of things that keep that player from standing out and/or being productive.
The flip side is, some college football players put up huge numbers and are crazily productive on a consistent basis (see Graham Harrell, Colt Brennan, etc.), but that doesn't mean their game/skills translates well to the next level.
However, if a guy explodes or shines on a bigger stage (like a bowl game), or competes well along side other players that are considered the best of the best (Senior Bowl, combine, pro days, etc.) it shows you the "potential" of that player in comparison to others that are being evaluated.
Coming up big in bowl games or at the combine shouldn't be the only factor in player evaluation (and it isn't), but it does contribute pretty heavily.