How important is the combine in the entire draft process?
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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