Originally posted by communist:
Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:If you watch guys play enough, it becomes obvious who is truly fast out on the field and who isn't. Every year some guy comes out of nowhere, runs like a 4.35 and people lose their minds but when you go back and look at his performances, he doesn't play nearly close to that speed. I guess, beware the allure of experienced track athletes who have an edge in these drills and people who have been coached up for the Combine events but their athletic performance isn't reflected in the quality of their performance out on the football field.
Imho, all of the combine is overrated just because, like Phoenix said, you can coach these things.
Scouts and personnel people have a whole variety of tools that they employ in the evaluation of players. The combine is only one of those tools.
The most important benefit of the combine is that every team receives extensive, uniform medical exams for each player.
At the combine, scouts can see how players at a position group perform in the position drills and in the events. Even though the events and the drills might not be directly and immediately related to a player's ability, the combine does provide scouts with a common comparative view of the athletic ability and techniques of the attendees.
The combine gives players from the small schools an opportunity, and they do not have many, to compete side by side with the players from the big schools. This direct competition helps the teams evaluate these players. If nothing else the combine can tell the team, "go back and watch that guy's film again."
The combine is a like a job interview. Some players have clearly spent their time getting ready for this interview, and that says something about their work ethic.
In short, even though the combine is flawed, it has its utility. And I enjoy watching it.
[ Edited by buck on Feb 14, 2014 at 3:25 PM ]