Predicting Winners and Losers of Every Combine Drill

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Predicting Winners and Losers of Every Combine Drill
Chuck Cook -USA TODAY Sports

The NFL Scouting Combine is designed for NFL teams to test both the mental makeup and raw athleticism of prospects for their potential employers.

Off the field, prospects are interviewed, 15 minutes at a time per team, for general managers and coaches to get a better feel for their coach-ability, football IQ and overall intelligence. 

On the field, they are put through six primary tests, along with position-specific workouts, to compare their talents with positional peers. Learn about what each drill says about a prospect's athleticism here at Optimum Scouting.

But despite the fanfare the event receives and the high priority placed on the workouts, most prospects' draft value doesn't change based on their workouts. NFL teams arrive in Indianapolis with projected numbers established for each prospect, and as long as those numbers closely match their projections, a player's grade won't be altered.

I've done my best to project, based off their college film, which players may exceed or struggle to meet the expectations evaluators have entering the combine. 

Keep in mind that the predicted "winners" may not be among the best in attendance but are players I expect to impress more than anticipated. And for the predicted "losers," I'm expecting these prospects to fall short of the necessary thresholds teams likely have based off film study.

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