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What We Learned from the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine
Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press

With the annual NFL Scouting Combine now behind us, NFL fans and media personnel are already past the first major milestone of the offseason.

This season, like every other, hundreds of players, hundreds of NFL staff members and hundreds of members of the media all congregated at Lucas Oil Stadium for nearly a week. Local hotels and airports were booked solid, and local hospitals groaned under the strain of physicals and MRIs.

Surely, if all those players, coaches, executives, staff members, doctors, reporters and analysts were there, and since the NFL Network broadcast the whole thing live, somebody must have learned something, right?

While game tape remains the ultimate judge of whether a kid can play, and pro days and private workouts will factor into the final equation as well, the combine provides the only platform for an apples-to-apples comparison of the NFL's top prospects.

Draft stock rose and fell, players were medically cleared and scratched, and rumors swirled throughout the combine's four days.

Here's what we learned.

 

All statistics and combine results courtesy of NFL.com, unless otherwise noted.

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