Eisen's Mailbag: Value of NFL Combine

Posted Feb 20, 2016

Today’s edition of The Mailbag on

How important is the combine in the entire draft process?

Dear Bill:
It depends on who you ask. Many personnel experts consider it vital. It’s often the first time they get to meet, examine, and have in-depth conversations with numerous prospects. A player who is listed as 6-4, 260 by his college might actually be 6-2, 240 once he’s measured at the combine. And the prospects who run and lift – and, for example, quarterbacks who throw – can elevate or diminish their status. Some evaluators, however, put far more weight on a player’s performance on the field than his measurables. But everyone who attends the combine certainly gets something out of it.


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