2013 NFL Combine: 10 All-Time Workout Warrior Frauds

By Joshua Coffee
February 14, 2013 1:37 pm
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Every fan knows about Mike Mamula and Tony Mandarich, we all know how they tore up the Combine but then bombed in the Nation Football League. However, they are not the only two players who have crashed and burned.  

Every year, before the NFL Draft, the League herds former college players into a stadium in Indianapolis like cattle. Once there, they work out, they're proded, tested and tested some more.

However, at the Combine, it's all about the physical and mental part of the game. You can't really test a player's heart or predict the future. And sometimes the future isn't so good.

 

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14 months ago
nice piece,bro.Whenever I see stories like this one I always wish they would get better rotation on the site.More people should read solid opinion pieces like this.Thanks for writing it.
14 months ago

Thanks for the positive feedback Rob. I see that your a NYG fan. My friend from H.S. played there for 4 years and I friend Jason Gesser was a QB for Wazzu a decade ago.
14 months ago
I work in a psych facility. There's a certain kind of restraint they train us how to use, and whenever it's hauled out, the guy goes "remember Dimitrius Underwood? This was the restraint used on him when he was inpatient." Less about a lack of talent and more about insufficient management of his illness.
14 months ago

Wow, so the guy had a restraint named after him? That's crazy. I hope you don't have to use it much. I'm guessing it's hard to pinpoint that kind of problem until it just comes out. I feel sorry for Underwood, he had all the talent. But how easy would it have been to manage his illness? I'm guessing that it would have difficult. But you would know more about that part than me.
14 months ago
Pretty bad article. You're talking about workout warriors, yet you've listed guys like Curry, Rogers and Archuleta who won significant awards in their college careers and then backed it up by performing at the combine. Even Carroll was a two time All-SEC player, which is one of the best conferences in college football.

When I read the workout warrior title, I figured it'd be about guys like Mamula and Heyward-Bey. Guys who didn't show anything in college, had good numbers at the combine and then became a high draft pick.
14 months ago

There are players out there that had great college careers that didn't even get drafted or got picked in the 6th or 7th. It doesn't say crappy players who did well at the combine, it's about players who has great combines all together. Mandarich was an All-American in college, so I guess he didn't count either? Having a good career in college doesn't mean that you're NFL material. How's Tim Tebow doing again? I'll be sure to write it based on your opinion next time.
14 months ago

Joe, You nailed it. Your definition would fit Dontari Poe to a T!
Dude played at Memphis, (yeah, Memphis) against sub quality competition, and he didn't dominate there. Goes to the combine and blows it up. Then gets drafted by the Chiefs at the eleven spot. The one good thing that he did last year is get both the GM, Scott Pioli, and the head coach, Romeo Crennel, fired. Thanks, Dontari. You may not be able to play in the NFL, but at least you helped give the Chiefs a fresh start.
14 months ago
Mike Mamula would have been, should have been, a very nice 3rd or 4th round pick, but crazy coach Andy thought he could save some money by paying Mike 3rd round money, but that didn't work out. 1st round $$$ for a 1st round pick.
The fat man was never one to admit a mistake, any mistake [11 years and not one mistake!] so Mike got resigned.
I don't know where the tackle stat came from, but I doubt that Mike ever averaged more then 1 or 1.5 tackles a game, if that.
He probably will go down as the worst top 10 pick ever to play 6 seasons!
14 months ago

This was where my Tackle stat came from http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/M/MamuMi20.htm It combines both solo and assisted tackles.
14 months ago
Somebody should seriously make an award for the guy who sneaks into the first round off a great Combine performance and name it after Mike Mamula...I'm looking at you Dontari Poe!
14 months ago

The only reason I didn't include Poe is because he was a rookie last year. If they have this assignment again next year and he craps out, then I'll put him on the list.
14 months ago

I totally agree, Joshua. It would be premature to put him on the list now, but he went on "bust watch" immediately when Scott Pioli and the Chefs took the bait.
14 months ago
Pretty good article. I will say that had the Jags used Matt Jones at multiple positions, and usually as a decoy, he probably could have kept the defenses a little concerned and made them guess wrong a lot. I always thought he should have played QB, HB, WR, TE, flanker, maybe even FB on any given play and make the opposition uneasy. The guy was incredibly gifted and I guess the coke was his undoing and that is sad to see.
14 months ago
How is Vernon Gholston not #1?!? J-E-T-S drafted that fraud #6 overall I think based solely on his athleticism when they could have Drafted Jerrod Mayo (who the Pats drafted a few spots later)

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