2011 NFL Draft: Why the New England Patriots Don’t Buy the Combine Hype

March 3, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Every year around the time the NFL Scouting Combine results start pouring out, everyone suddenly becomes a genius about how the NFL Draft should unfold.
Forty times, broad jumps, three-cone drills etc. are all the final memories each team has of a player before draft day.
What we forget is that there's a whole aspect of the combine that we don't see, which is the interview and test portion.
The knowledge we gain from watching these exercises is merely superficial. It's the old dichotomy between measurables vs. intangibles, best illustrated by Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf. Both had the physical makeup for an NFL quarterback and could make the throws, but it was the work ethic and personality that drew an enormous gap between the careers of the first and second overall selections.
It all comes down to football IQ, or as Pat Kirwan calls it, "FBI."
In Kirwan's book, Take Your Eye Off The Ball, he describes why so much import is given to FBI.
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