NFL Combine: Beware of the Workout Warrior

February 23, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The scouting combine is upon us, and it’s time once again for scouts, head coaches, and GMs around the league to head to Indianapolis and evaluate draft prospects for 2010.
Running a fast 40-yard dash, benching 225 pounds numerous times or generally putting up better numbers than expected at the combine can really skyrocket a draftee’s status.
Equally, having a poor combine can cause a player to fall down draft boards, potentially costing the youngster millions of dollars.
You only have to cast your minds back to last year’s combine involving Michael Crabtree and Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Crabtree, a standout sophomore at Texas Tech, played two seasons for the Red Raiders. He amasseed 231 receptions, 3,127 yards and 41 touchdowns. Crabtree had surgery after the college season and elected not to participate in drills at the combine or run a 40-yard dash at his pro day. A wide receiver not running the 40 is like asking Peyton Manning not to throw.
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