Despite their illustrious college football careers, even the top prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft will have something to prove when they take the field at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on February 22-25.
The combine might not include any actual football play, but it is the only predraft event to include a vast majority of the draft’s expected selections. As a result, the combine serves as a means of side-by-side comparison among prospects at each position.
The top prospects face as much pressure to perform at the combine as anyone. They will be expected to stand out among their peers.
Some might choose to sit out and let their tape do the talking, but for exceptional athletes like South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, it provides an opportunity to solidify their high draft positions by turning scouts’ heads.