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Old 02-16-2015, 08:45 PM
 
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Personally I have absolutely no interest in watching it or following it.

It doesn't matter how much you can bench, or how fast you can run the 40. I don't know the ins and outs of scouting talent, but I'm not sure how much of what is seen in the combine equates to ones ability to play in the NFL. I think just watching these prospects play in college is the best indicator, and yet it's all the big unknown until they actually play in the NFL.

What say you?

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Old 02-17-2015, 05:03 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I care
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Old 02-17-2015, 06:10 AM
 
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I am not one to sit down and watch the combine myself, but I can appreciate the importance of the measured abilities of the athletes as part of predicting performance, ability, and ceiling of talent for the pros.

Doing well at the combine is not the end-all for talent evaluation either, but it can be a valuable component as part of a complete player evaluation.
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Old 02-18-2015, 10:25 AM
 
Location: God's Country
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I'm interested in the various events -- think they're cool -- even though the performance doesn't necessarily translate into success in the game itself, as the original poster implied.

Recall when a local talking head was raving about a guy's bench press, vertical leap, 40 time, etc. and the old Baltimore Colt, Artie Donovan, who was sitting next to him said, "Yeah, but can he play football?"
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Old 02-18-2015, 02:31 PM
 
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Personally I have absolutely no interest in watching it or following it.

It doesn't matter how much you can bench, or how fast you can run the 40. I don't know the ins and outs of scouting talent, but I'm not sure how much of what is seen in the combine equates to ones ability to play in the NFL. I think just watching these prospects play in college is the best indicator, and yet it's all the big unknown until they actually play in the NFL.

What say you?
actually it depends on what position you play, as to what abilities are important. for instance, it doesnt matter how much a running back can bench press, but it does for a lineman. overall speed in the 40 doesnt mean much for a lineman, but a running back or receiver it does matter. even more it matter how quickly running backs and receivers get off the line, not what they run at the end.

as for how these guys play in college, while there is some bearing on the pro game, the pro game is different enough from the college game that just watching what the college players do really doesnt mean much these days. for instance how many first round draft choices were disappointments in the NFL? a lot more than you might think.
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Old 02-19-2015, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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no, I don't watch and don't listen to too much coming out of the combine, but as a Bucs season ticket holder for awhile, I have a vested interest in what's going on there......
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Old 02-19-2015, 10:32 AM
 
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10 combine freaks:


Ten biggest athletic freaks in NFL Combine history | Yardbarker.com
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Old 02-20-2015, 10:29 PM
 
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Nope, no interest.
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Old 02-22-2015, 01:31 PM
 
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Yes, on both counts.
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