The San Diego Chargers will take their new front office and coaching staff to Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine to continue scouting for the 2013 NFL draft. New general manager Tom Telesco will now have his staff completely organized with a clear plan for what they are going to accomplish in Indianapolis.
The general public watches NFL Network to see the prospects get measured by stopwatch, cord, laser, Bod Pod, camera and Tricorder while wearing the latest fashionable male leotards. The real work is done behind the scenes, where teams are interviewing prospects.
Players are grilled on their past and the team already has the most of the answers. Football intelligence is tested and the team tries to get a feel for how the players will fit on their teams. Teams want players who love football and to know what they are getting.
There’s also the medical component of the combine. Prospects are poked, prodded, dipped and scanned to determine if they have any preexisting conditions the team needs to be worried about. The teams often want to check the progress of players who are coming off injuries to see if they will be ready by training camp of if they might be out significantly longer.
Teams will often fall for a prospect or remove their name from the board entirely at the combine. Essentially, teams will buy or sell prospects based on a lot of the information they get at the combine. Which top names will be good fits with the Chargers, and which ones are not?