Ranking the Top 50 Players Invited to the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine

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Ranking the Top 50 Players Invited to the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine
Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL Scouting Combine is an important step of the draft process as it collects the nation's top collegiate talent in Indianapolis from Feb. 23 to Feb. 29.

But the workouts are only a piece of the puzzle.

While 40-yard dash times and bench-press numbers will be discussed ad nauseam, the most important aspects of the event will occur outside of the media's watchful eye. Medical evaluations and player interviews still serve as the primary reason for the event.

The upcoming performances aren't meant to determine a player's draft status. 

Individual workout numbers are merely confirmation of what should have already been seen on film. If a player surprises with performances in either direction, teams often go back to the coaches' tape to see if they missed something. 

The combine does present an opportunity for many talented individuals to compete under the scrutiny of NFL decision-makers, though. 

All of the top prospects were invited: 332 in total when only 256 will be drafted in late April, and Bleacher Report ranked the top 50 based on in-season tape study. 

Surely, a few surprises are bound to show up along the way. 

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