NFL Draft Combine 2014: Position-by-Position Primer

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NFL Draft Combine 2014: Position-by-Position Primer
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The NFL Scouting Combine is upon us, and so is the corresponding deluge of info and analysis on prospects we may or may never hear from again. 

We know the big success stories and we know the busts, but did you know that 32.9 percent of the combine participants in 2013 didn't get drafted, according to Dane Brugler of CBS? Maybe even more interesting, Brugler pointed out that 12.6 percent of all players drafted were "snubbed" by the combine process. 

It's numbers like that which fuel the idea that the combine is an overrated part of the process. In some ways, that's probably true. Forty-yard dash times don't have the importance we often assign to them—sorry, Rich Eisen. We should be putting cameras in rooms where scouts watch film and debate the merits of prospects if we really want a fair assessment of the process. 

Yet, the combine draws so many eyeballs and brings the entire personnel departments of most NFL franchises to Indianapolis for a reason. This thing makes sense. It makes sense to put players from so many different backgrounds on a level playing field. It makes sense to poke, prod and pester players to find out everything about them. 

Click ahead for everything you need to know about the combine and bookmark the following columns for even more pre-combine information. 

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