The NFL Scouting Combine is a major part of the NFL draft process.
In my first mock of the season, I discussed how mock drafts have a place in the process as well, as they visit scenarios that may happen rather than predict what will happen. While many fans and some in the media decry mock drafts as useless "click-bait," NFL teams do infinitely more mocks throughout the process than even ESPN's Mel Kiper could dream of.
The combine, in a similar way, seems to have a tougher time convincing fans and the media of its importance in the process. We all know that it doesn't supersede tape in the importance of dissecting a prospect. However, remember that projection to the NFL means more than just an evaluation of production in college. The NFL is made up of the biggest, fastest and strongest men on the planet, and the combine helps separate the men from the boys in many respects.
Somewhere, in the din of people shouting that the combine shouldn't matter as much as tape evaluation, the argument became that the event didn't matter at all or only mattered a tiny bit. Talking to team personnel, that couldn't be further from the truth for the many teams (not just Oakland) that base their pro day visits and continued tape evaluation largely off of what they see in positional drills and workouts at the combine.
In that spirit, we combine two of the draft season's biggest guilty pleasures—mock drafts and the combine—in another scenario of what the draft could look like come May.
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