The NFL Scouting Combine offers an outstanding opportunity to quantify athleticism in an objective manner. Whereas much of NFL scouting is about opinions, the NFL Scouting Combine isn't; we can disagree on if a prospect has "fluid hips," but we can't disagree on his 40-yard dash time.
For that reason, what matters most at the NFL combine are the numbers, and only the numbers.
Scouts, coaches and general managers get so caught up in watching players perform drills on the field. Wow, wide receiver X beat cornerback Y a bunch of times, so he must be a better player, right? Silly.
Why place so much emphasis on a single day's performance in drills when you have an entire college career to study? The NFL combine is about acquiring objective measurables to make the scouting process more scientific, not using a very limited sample of play to change subjective opinions.
So what will the Dallas Cowboys be looking for at the NFL Scouting Combine this year? We really have no idea. Thus, the following slides detail what the team should be monitoring, the majority of which are completely objective measurements.