Five NFL Combine Workouts You Will Not Want to Miss

By Eric Bendig
February 18, 2013 2:54 pm
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We are six days away from what has been billed by many analysts and fans as the "biggest job interview in the world." The NFL Scouting Combine has become a spectacle. Starting on February 23rd scouts, general managers, draft analysts, and fans will have their eyes fixed on to 330 or so of the most physically-gifted college football players in the country.

If you want to get a glimpse of the athleticism and physical stature of the upcoming players your favorite team is projected to draft, look no further than the NFL Combine.

The NFL, partnered with the NFL Network and Under Armour, has helped this to become an absolute marketing and media frenzy. The beauty of the Combine is how fixated fans and the media get on the “Workout Warriors” that we see blow away the drills and workouts during the week.

Some of the players who perform well will solidify their projected round grades for scouts or some will be overvalued and end up as “busts” in the NFL (insert Mike Mamula jokes here).

Either way the Combine gives us a valuable look at anything and everything that the future players of the NFL have to offer. It is an absolute marvel to watch some of the players do the things they do on the field and in the weight room.

With all that being said make sure you pay close attention to these five players during certain drills. It is a guarantee that they will absolutely electrify the crowd and fans at home with their performance, and maybe even set a few records in the process.

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18 months ago
I have always been curious of why the 40 yd dash is always ran with the least amount of clothing possible? Does all speed translate the same when you throw the pads on? Cause let's face it pads on is what matters. Your thoughts?
18 months ago
Fun fact, the 40 yard dash was instilled by Paul Brown back in the day as a guide to figure out how fast players were because 40 yards was about the length of what a player would run down the field on punt or kickoff was. So add that to your bag of tricks my man.

What you asked is a great question and it does have merit. The film is what evaluaters have to put number one. There is no substitute. What I have found is that a lot of scouts and GM's or even draft analysts on TV or internet will say the same thing. They will look to the player's 40 yard dash times or their pro day running times as something that clarifies what they already knew about the player. Meaning, I know Eddie Lacy is plenty fast to play at the NFL level, because he plays with such great vision and explosiveness coupled with power, just by watching film. But, he wont blaze the fastest 40 yard dash.

On the other side of that, maybe a guy looks like he plays slow on film, or doesn't have the greatest separation skills as a WR or TE. All the sudden, they run a fast (or slow) 40 and it helps you realize that what you were seeing wasn't a lie.

Everyone sees it different. The moral of the story is, everyone loves SPEED. It cannot be coached. I think the 40 yard dash should just be a way to scale the players on field speed. Because it all comes back to film. A player that runs a fast 40 time, they just give the scouts a better reason to go back and look at film and try to evaluate if that speed translates to being a good choice as an NFL player.

Still confused... because so am I...
18 months ago
I never watched the combine. All that does is tell how athletic a person is. Make these guys put the pads on and run real drills if they want a real football combine. I can run the 40 in my underwear and jump and swat pieces of plastic but that does not mean I can play football.
18 months ago
Brandon I agree. It should not be an evaluation of how well you play on ghrt field. It should be an evaluation first of medical history, personal interview skills and getting to know the prospect, and after those things they should take into account how well the prospect moves around and if they can work with that athleticism. Teams will hurt them selves for a long time if they put Combine numbers before film evaluation... RIP Al Davis but they are the main suspects here. Followed by Matt Millen with Detroit a few years back.

Do not get me wrong, in no way do I think the Combine is a judge of how well a guy plays football. But is is a cog in the machine of scouting hat is worth taking a look at how well a player moves in an isolated, non coached environment. No more no less.
18 months ago
Great information Eric. I agree that the combine is very important part of the process, but it is definetley on a "part" of the evaluation process.
18 months ago
what a disappointing showing Williams was on bench... just 30 reps. I thought if I missed he would get at least 40. Knile Davis has 31, a running back.
18 months ago
Transparency in my work.... I own up to when I am wrong...

Williams prediction 53 reps... actual 30
Patterson prediction 42.5 vert... actual 37
Goodwin prediction 4.22 seconds... actual 4.27 (I was actually close on one I guess)
Johnson 20 yard shuttle prediction 4.07... actual 4.52

Mingo I need you buddy...

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