Originally posted by smithc28:
Lets be realistic, he's probably fallen down in nfl.com "experts" mock drafts as they have to keep updating it otherwise there'd be nothing to talk about and no-one would watch.
Most Gm's and coaches look at tape. Combine and pro days will be more to do with work ethic and preparation. An injury to a player who then ran at the combine to me shows heart and determination that he wanted to do it even though he was in pain and i'd be more likely to select the guy from that . This guy will go off the board at the end of the first round unless his interviews or background checks have turned up some skeletons.
Still can't make up my mind whether i prefer Allen, Hopkins or Terrence Williams.
Professional teams are more concerned about potential damaged goods than some notion of "heart and determination." It actually does no good for a WR to go out and play if he can't run full speed....as romantic as it might seem for him to be hobbling around, he becomes a liability more so than an asset to the team.
And yes, GMs and scouts look at tape, but they also factor in medical reports and use 40 times as part of their overall evaluation. If for that team, the whole evaluation story doesn't say FIRST ROUND VALUE, they won't select him in the first round.
That said, I do think Allen is a first round talent, and he should be fully recovered by training camp so it's not really a long-term issue. But most teams that are investing millions of dollars in first round talent want to know (as much as they possibly can) what they're getting. When there's doubt (either because of injury or other issues), they tend to pass until they feel they're getting the guy at a better value. It's a business and most smart teams treat it that way.
[ Edited by GhostofFredDean74 on Apr 10, 2013 at 10:04 AM ]