"Measurables"...the NFL combine's contribution to American sports' jargon.
This weekend, more than 300 NFL prospects are invited to come and be measured by every NFL team.
Most of the measuring will be televised live from Indianapolis— with video replays available on the Internet.
The 2013 NFL combine is methadone for NFL fans already going through withdrawal three weeks after the Super Bowl.
The Indianapolis Colts are coming off a surprisingly good season and Colts' fans are already jonesing for the next hit of the good stuff. Their fans will have to make do with NFL prospects running, jumping, lifting, and shuttling for the Colts' brain trust.
With fewer NFL Draft picks in 2013, the pressure is on Ryan Grigson, Chuck Pagano and their crew to make each pick count. The Colts will also be panning for gold, sifting through the silt for hidden talent that will fall off the draft board and into the Colts' training camp as rookie free agents.
Given the contract announcements made by the Colts this week I'd bet a silver horseshoe that Grigson and Pagano have a solid player strategy mapped out and the NFL Combine is the first step in implementing their master plan.
How will the Colts measure this phase of their scheme?