The NFL scouting combine is just around the corner, and anticipation is already picking up.
Over the next few weeks, you'll hear the same "informed" comments about the combine. It doesn't matter, they say. Don't pay any attention to workout times! Only tape—tape, tape, tape and more tape! Don't dare even think about trying to attempt to reference the 40-yard dash!
Of course, all of that is nonsense. NFL teams keep heading to the combine for a reason—they use the information it provides. They value the chance to measure the players on a level playing field.
They get to see whether a guy was truly as athletic as he looked on tape or if he was just a man among boys. They also head to Indianapolis for a chance to talk to the players, see how they handle themselves under pressure and make sure their medical reports check out.
The combine is a very important part of the process. It's not the biggest part, but people who trumpet the idea that it means little or nothing don't pay attention to the results the combine often has. Every year, it shakes up the positional rankings, breaks ties on countless teams' boards and gives some players new life while deep-sixing others.
Which athletes are we anticipating most this year? Click ahead.