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Jason Brewer
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Jason Brewer

An economics student at Fordham University who runs Bleeding Green Nation

Much ado about nothing


There's probably nothing on the NFL schedule that I'm consistently let down by more than the combine. Every year I get excited as it approaches and start to build my drafts boards and what not... and every year I realize that it's just much ado about nothing.

The NFL Network does a great job covering it, but they can't make a bunch of a guys running around cones interesting. It's just not particularly fun to watch. Every general manager or draftnik you hear talk about the combine always sees fit to remind us that the most valuable part of the week is the individual interviews, which is of course the one thing we at home don't see. Bench pressing however -- well we get plenty of that!

Plus, I'm not even sure what use any of these workouts are anyway. Every year some workout warrior (cough, Mike Mamula) gets everyone excited because he runs a 4.28. Then everyone ignores that fact the he was a marginal player at best. Then of course, some top player will run a hundredth of a second slower than expected or lift three less reps than we thought and everyone writes stories about how his stock drops.

The hype over the 40 yard dash is my favorite. These corners and wide receivers line up in a three point stance and sprint 40 yards. How many times will a CB or WR ever line up in three point stance? Never! So what are we learning?

Finally, it's getting to be like the pro bowl. How often do the top guys in the draft skip certain workouts or the combine altogether? I don't even know if I remember the last time a notable QB prospect decided to throw at the combine. Now, these guys usually just wait until their pro day to throw. I think we all hope the combine would be interesting to hold us over until free agency and the draft. But it just isn't.

By Jason Brewer  |  February 25, 2010; 11:01 PM ET  | Category:  Draft , NFL , Scouting Combine Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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