2014 NFL Draft: Combine Darlings Headed for Disastrous Rookie Seasons

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2014 NFL Draft: Combine Darlings Headed for Disastrous Rookie Seasons
Michael Conroy

Everyone looks at the NFL Scouting Combine a little differently. The value that the event has for NFL teams is debatable. Nevertheless, between drills, medical checks and interviews, everyone can find something they love about the Underwear Olympics.

But what catches all the headlines? The drills. Seeing guys run fast and jump high is what the NFL Network headlines, and it is what most viewers want to watch. There is always a great deal of chatter about the perceived draft stock of prospects after their combine workouts.

Along those same lines, there are always a handful of prospects who “win” the combine, so to speak. They come in and generate impressive numbers, leading experts everywhere to exalt their virtues and elevate their draft stock.

Every year we have these workout warriors who come out of Indianapolis with a head of steam. More shocking is that many teams actually buy the hype and draft these guys, even if there isn’t film there to back it up.

The 2014 combine was sedate by hype standards. While there were a few winners, this crop didn’t produce the level of unknowns with freaky measurables that we’ve grown accustomed to. However, there continue to be plenty of guys who wowed at the combine who could really struggle as rookies. That’s not to say they won’t end up good pros, but don’t be shocked if all of these guys struggle out of the gates.

 

 

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