It’s that time of year where highly unproductive college football players make a name for themselves and rise up draft boards. It’s time for the NFL Scouting Combine.
The Oakland Raiders are known for reaching for the “workout warrior” in the NFL Draft. While this seems to be true, they aren’t the only team that reaches for a player who dominates the scouting combine. Every year there are a few players who get drafted a couple rounds too early due to their performance at the scouting combine.
There are, however, some players who exceed expectations and go on to have solid NFL careers.
In 2008, Chris Johnson ran a combine-record 4.24 40-yard dash. Johnson was able to move himself into the first round and was drafted by the Tennessee Titans with the 24th pick. He dominated the NFL scouting combine and has had a productive NFL career to this point.
Now, for every Chris Johnson, there are ten players just like him that don’t translate their combine skills to the NFL.
Some scouts forget about a player’s lack of production in college and focus solely on how these players perform without any pads on.
Let’s take a look at some players who dominated the scouting combine, but never translated to the NFL.