There have been plenty of years where the NFL Scouting Combine feels overwrought and inane, something done more for tradition, television ratings and to keep "The Shield" in the national conversation than for any logical purpose. With the draft not happening until May this year, the 2014 class ran the risk of making the festivities in Indianapolis look more nonsensical than ever.
But one look at the names on the invite list is enough to quell nearly all of the criticism. This season may not have the best crop of talent, but it's difficult to remember a more famous breed of prospects making their way to the yearly Underwear Olympics.
Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney lead a class of collegiate superstars in Indy, littered with numerous backstories, off-the-field storylines and questions about their NFL acumen to answer. While those players' participation in the physical drills may vary, some of the more pressing questions will at least get superficial answering.
Manziel won't be throwing until his pro day, but that's a secondary concern to when he steps to the tape measure. The diminutive Heisman winner was listed at 6'1" at Texas A&M—and that's a bit of a stretch at best. As NFL Network's Ian Rapoport pointed out, one team even has an over/under pool set up for Manziel's measurements:
For Clowney, the biggest questions may come in the interview room. The former South Carolina defensive end is an athletic freak. Few question that. But his down junior season left scouts, fans and coaches alike wondering about his effort level. To his credit, Clowney remains 100 percent confident in his skills.
"I kind of laughed at it," Clowney told Yahoo Sports' Anwar S. Richardson. "People are going to say what they want to say. I bet half of the people that are talking can’t play football. They just see what they see, or don’t know nothing about the game. I just get a laugh out of it."
We won't be analyzing what Clowney says to teams in this space. However, Manziel's height, Clowney's assuredly jaw-dropping 40 time and every other physical measurement taken in Indianapolis will be posted on an ongoing basis. The players are still arriving as we speak, but here is a look at when each position group will go through the drills:
- Saturday, Feb. 22: Tight ends, offensive linemen, special teams
- Sunday, Feb. 23: Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers
- Monday, Feb. 24: Defensive linemen, linebackers
- Tuesday, Feb. 25: Defensive backs
With that in mind, here is a look at all of the results from the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine.
Note: All results are via NFL.com's combine tracker.
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