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Re: NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis February 19-24, 2014
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Bucky Brooks @BuckyBrooks
Regardless of their performance, I respect the willingness to put their talents on display in a pressure-packed environment
If he is a big-time guy & willing to put it on display, I have a tendency to give those guys a little extra when I discuss them in meetings
That's why it's a gamble when guys don't work out.. Everyone won't see the performance.. Plus, it's "all or nothing" at Pro Day.
Prospect can wait to perform at Pro Day, but he won't have the same stage at the combine. Team may only send scout, position coach to ProDay
3. Working out at #NFLCombine allows every GM, HC and scout to see the player showcase his skills. Every decision maker is in the building
Players have a built-in mulligan by working at the combine. Pro Day workout can erase poor workout in Indy.
(Cont) from any workout is recorded & used as the number on the player card. That's why there's nothing to lose at the combine.
Plus, teams will use the best measurement for final draft grade. Whether it's at the combine or Pro Day, the best 40, VJ, Shuttles or broad
A poor workout is kept in perspective because the tape evaluation outweighs everything else. Some guys just aren't great testers.
If a player runs slower than expected or looks tight during the workout, scouts will go back and see if the issues showed up on tape
2. Combine workouts don't negatively impact grade. Scouts use workouts to confirm what they've witnessed on tape. Speed/AA checked vs. Film
Doctors are evaluating long-term prospects. Is the player subject to re-injury or long-term issues based on prior medical history
1. Interviews and medical evaluations are most important. Teams are assessing character & potential locker room fit.