The yearly fun that is arguing over the importance of the combine will soon begin if it has not already. Analysts, draftniks, and even teams will debate the importance of 40 times, bench press reps, and the like. The great thing about the combine is that it puts all prospects on a level playing field in the same uncomfortable environment.
Even so, there are handfuls of prospects whose raw numbers at the combine mean little. That could be due to position or simply due to the already evident skillset they possess. For other prospects, the spotlight will shine bright when they toe the lines. A strong showing in events is a must. These are the guys who fit that mold, by position. (more…)