The 2013 NFL Combine will start this weekend (Saturday, Feb. 23 in Indianapolis), with over 300 collegiate football players displaying their skills to be scrutinized by every scout, coach, general manager and, of course, the fans.
Live combine coverage will begin at 9 a.m. ET on Saturday on NFL Network and will conclude with the combine wrap-up show Wednesday evening February 27. The four-day event will answer many questions for every team, including the Denver Broncos.
"X" prospect played well at a small school, but how do his athletic feats match up against other prospects?
Those are the kind of questions the Broncos scouts, led by director of player personnel Matt Russell, will be asking this weekend. Not everything can be viewed in black-and-white form, however, because 40 times do not tell the whole story.
"I think [combine context is] critical," NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said in a conference call with reporters on Monday (a transcript of the interview was provided to B/R courtesy of NFLN's PR guru Andrew Howard). "Teams look at it as a cross check and not a leader. By that, one of my favorite sayings is fast guys run fast, slow guys run slow. It's not a story until the opposite happens."
"So you've got a guy all of a sudden that runs slower than you expect or faster than you expect. You have to go back and watch his tape," said Mayock.
The combine gives players a chance to put their name into the conversation and often causes teams to go back and watch more film of them—which ultimately leads to those players being selected come April.