NFL Combine Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story

February 25, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The NFL Combine in Indianapolis are fun to follow for draftniks and other football geeks. But let’s not get crazy over numbers. The only numbers that really matter are the in-game football statistics, and even then they can be deceiving.
Here’s a combine report from several years ago….
“Blessed with incredible speed (clocked at 4.56 in the 40-yard dash), long limbs and superb strength, He is the prototype pass rusher that professional teams look for — big, fast, strong and explosive. An avid performer in the weight room, he boasted the best bench press on the team at 455 pounds. He also put on an impressive performance for teammates, squatting 405 pounds 20 times.”
Who is the player?
Vernon Gholston of Ohio State, who was drafted sixth overall by the Jets in 2008—so much for “can’t miss” prospects. Size does matter, sometimes, but only if the player has the talent to utilize it to his advantage.
Gholston was supposed to be a year-in, yea...

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