2011 NFL Scouting Combine’s Breakout Candidates: Defense

February 23, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The NFL Scouting Combine is arguably the strangest sporting event of the year as 300+ guys run around in tight pants performing a combination of fitness tests and football drills. There are no fans in the stands, just scouts with stop watches. Yet, NFL Network will devote 30+ hours of live coverage to these events and the football fans eat it up.  
The combine carries added meaning this year, as the lack of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement makes it one of just two NFL events left on the calendar (the NFL Draft itself being the other).    
One of the scariest aspects of the scouting combine is the amount of money that can be made or lost based on tenths of a second.  Expect to hear numerous exultations and condemnations during the course of the combine workouts but keep in mind, these workouts are just a piece of the draft puzzle. 
As a matter of fact, the workouts themselves are just a part...

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