As an educator, I deal with high-stakes testing yearly. My students take a three-day test, and based upon their results, I get a grade as their teacher from the state. Fair? Far from it.
The test results fail to look at how each of my students did over the course of the year. Now I won't sit here and say that all the results are flawed. In many cases, I'll see a result and nod in agreement.
However, there are also the cases of a student overachieving on the test and some where a great student struggles due to the pressure of the test.
Sounds a lot like the NFL Combine, right?
Starting on Saturday, about 335 collegiate prospects will be taking their first high-stakes test following a year of "learning" on the field. Just like students in a classroom, some will match their expectations, while others will overachieve or underachieve.
Based upon their results, you'll see certain prospects skyrocket up draft boards, while some big name prospects will fall due to a poor 40-yard dash or interview.
The NFL Combine is a great event, but it's important to remember one thing: This event should not supersede a prospect's performance over the last three to four seasons.
Buffalo's brass understands this thought process. In an audio interview with John Murphy, Assistant General Manager Doug Whaley said that the team's draft process is 80 percent tape, 10 percent All-Star Games and 10 percent NFL Combine.
Buffalo will obviously be studying every player at the combine, but their focus should be on quarterbacks, wide receivers, tight ends, offensive guards and linebackers.
Based upon these needs, here are ten prospects that the Bills should look at closely at the NFL Combine.