On Friday, players will begin hitting the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, will tune in to see some of the best collegiate talent in the game giving NFL front office executives more to think about during the draft process. It can be fun, and certainly intriguing.
Still, when you are breathlessly watching a prospect who looks like a human mannequin running a 4.4 40-yard dash, think of these things:
1. The Combine is mocked as the Underwear Olympics. Why? Because that is exactly what it is. Don't think some guy running fast, or jumping high, or catching a pass with nobody guarding him, means a damn thing. It doesn't.
2. Don't lose yourself in the clock. People always see the 40-time for backs and receivers and go insane. Remember, this isn't track. If you can't cut, maintain balance and avoid tacklers, you can be Roadrunner and you will still suck.
3. If a quarterback appears inaccurate, it does not matter. These guys have never worked with the receivers they are throwing to, and thus have no timing. The scouts always say they are looking at mechanics, not if the pass was completed.
4. The best and most important drill of the weekend is the corners and safeties attempting to backpedal and then break out of it. You want to learn about a player's hips, feet and explosiveness? This is the drill.
5. Most of the guys you are watching will be out of the NFL in five years, if not sooner. Not everybody is "special." In fact, a majority are nothing but ordinary but professional standards. Don't go gaga over some guy who is projected as a sixth round pick.
6. Finally, the most important part of the Combine is something we don't get to see. The interviews.