2012 NFL Combine: 9 Prospects Detroit Lions Coaches Will Be Tracking Closely

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2012 NFL Combine: 9 Prospects Detroit Lions Coaches Will Be Tracking Closely
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The Senior Bowl is over, and so begins the countdown to the next big pre-draft event: the NFL Scouting Combine.

Opinions differ regarding how much credence should be given to the Combine. Do you make your drafting decisions based more on game stats or 40-yard-dash stats? Game film or drills? Perceived attitude or interviews?

Generally, if you go to either extreme, you're doing it wrong. The Combine is an opportunity for physically talented players who didn't shine in their college programs to show what they can do in a neutral location. It's where you separate the "system" players from the ones who can plug in anywhere.

By this point, everyone knows more or less how the draft is going to fall. The Combine will change the fortunes of a few, and there will be a handful of shockers on draft day (be they reaches or free-falls), but the draft board you see today won't differ too terribly from the one you see three months from now.

Of course, none of this changes the fact that the Lions, shrewd as they are, will undoubtedly be eying the results of the Combine, looking for those overlooked and underrated players to perform.

Their list goes several (dozen?) pages longer than this one, but here's a starter for what the Lions may be looking for in February.

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