The Atlanta Falcons will be panning for draft gold at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. Unconventional scout turned general manager, Thomas Dimitroff will be looking past the numbers as NFL hopefuls show their wares. It takes a keen eye to see how these simple drills will translate to on-field performance.
Julio Jones Exemplifies Dimitroff Mindset
Chances are, Dimitroff was almost sold on Julio Jones prior to the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine. But Jones' 40-yard dash time was extremely telling. Posting a 4.39, Jones' speed looked great on paper. It is doubtful that the time is what sealed the deal.
It was how Jones achieved that time.
Julio Jones posted that blazing fast time with an injured foot. That is the sort of gutsy performance that translates on the field. Dimitroff paid dearly to acquire Jones, and time has proven it well worth it.
What to Watch
As the Falcons try and fill various holes, there are numerous options throughout the draft. Translating the results of individual drills can be tough. Different drills carry different weight for different positions. In the end, it can feel like trying to decode a secret message in a bowl of alphabet soup.
There is plenty of film on players projected to go in the first couple of rounds. The combine will feature plenty of late-round talent as well.
But here 10 prospects to watch and the drills to keep an eye on.