NFL Combine Weighs Too Much
Every year we see players’ draft stock move up or down based on how they perform at the NFL Combine. Every little thing these kids do is put under a microscope, especially the big names. Last year, for example, we had the big ordeal over Vince Young’s wonderlic score. This year, they are already talking about how Dwayne Bowe isn’t performing well after he was praised the 2 weeks before for having a great Senior Bowl.
It seems to me like the studs have more to lose than to gain at the combine. Let’s take Bowe, for example. He was moving up the mock draft boards, many times ahead of even Dwayne Jarrett. If he chose not to participate in the combine, his stock would have stayed high. But because he ran, he’s all of the sudden a worse player than everyone thought. You see it every year with somebody.
On the other hand, players who didn’t get as much publicity during the season have got to love the Combine. You will always see a guy who was supposed to be a late rounder move up because he was feeling good that day at the Combine and busted out a 4.31 40.
Supposedly you can learn a ton about a player by watching them broad jump or run around cones without pads on, but I’m not sure that I buy it. As a fan, I love the Combine. Watching the mind numbing 40 times and seeing lineman throw around 225 pounds is pure entertainment. However, you hear all the time about the difference between football speed and track speed. If I were a scout, I would stick to the game film.
Maybe that’s why I’m not a scout.