The combine has grown in popularity among fans in recent years, so much so that it’s now a televised event. Fans compare measureables such as height, weight, wing span, jumping ability, 40-yard dash times and bench-press reps, using pure athleticism to rate their favorite prospects.
In reality, while the combine is a tool teams use to collect highly specific raw data about prospects, it’s a relatively small part of the process. Front offices that fall in love with workout warriors over football players who performed well on tape typically don’t do well. They’re focusing on the wrong thing.
That doesn’t mean the combine has no use. The Philadelphia Eagles will go into the week looking for a handful of traits, positions and individuals.
In many cases, this is the team’s their first chance to meet these kids. You know what they say about first impressions.
And let’s not devalue the combine too much. After all, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is familiar with and believes in two familiar mantras: speed kills and big people beat up little people. The combine measures both of those and much more.