I’m stepping outside the box a bit to touch on a subject that I was debating about earlier this week with a co-worker concerning how important the combine really is. See, I believe that the NFL Scouting Combine is more of an event for the NFL to market and televise than it is for coaches and GM’s to learn about players.
Now don’t get me wrong here, I do realize that the draft has helped players like Dontari Poe, Chris Johnson, and others sky-rocket up draft boards because of the athleticism they show cased in Indianapolis. But my point is this, don’t they perform better at their pro-day’s anyway?
Players prefer to work out with the guys they’re more familiar with, which is why some quarterbacks don’t even throw at the combine. In a business where the margin of error is so small, you need any edge you can get.
The most important part of the combine is the one-on-one meetings between coaches, GM’s, and players. The front offices of teams select what players they want to sit down with for a brief 10-15 minute meeting. In these meetings, the coach and GM will have a players entire rap sheet- they will have every single criminal record, school trouble, life event they can dig up to talk about- and make that player explain themselves to them. It’s a chance for teams to put players through mental tests, which is sometimes the most bizarre part of it all.
Teams want to know more about what’s going on between the ears, rather than physical attributes before they invest millions of dollars into that player. Any Joe Schmoe can go to the combine and be a work out warrior, we see it all the time. But having quality sense and a good head on your shoulders combined with the athleticism helps players go even further up the draft boards.
So my point is this, while I do realize the NFL Scouting Combine is somewhat of an important event, I also realize that it’s a big show for the NFL to market and draw viewership on their television network. I take more stock in what happens at a players pro-day than I do with how they performed at the combine.
So I’m curious on your guys thoughts about the Combine? Do you watch it, and do you hold any value in how a player performs at the Combine? Sound off below, and make sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to get the best content on all things KC sports related.