The management and coaching staff of the Houston Texans will soon be heading off for the NFL Scouting Combine, which begins on Wednesday, February 20 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Like most people who go shopping, they will make up a list beforehand.
While your list might contain chips, dip and a 12-pack, theirs will contain a series of positions in some relative order. Ask any substantial group of Texans fans and they would say the list should include WR, NT, ILB, OT, QB, CB and so on.
But the price for a dozen bottles of Yuengling Lager is the same for every one in the store. What a quarterback will cost your organization is highly variable and a subject for intense analysis.
Hours of game-day video on the combine participants have already been digested. Now comes the job of comparing these prospects using the same set of routines.
Everyone has to run through six measurable drills: 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill and shuttle run. For more information, Mike Mayock from NFL.com explains several of the position-specific drills pro personnel experts use to make draft-day decisions.
While Houston will be making selections in all seven rounds, this article will focus on those players that will likely be chosen by the fourth round. Anyone taken in the later rounds is a long shot to be of any value now or in the future.