While the main show of the combine is the workouts, maybe the most crucial time at the NFL Combine for a prospect is off-the-field.
It starts with the measurements, as each prospect gets their height, weight, arm length and hand length evaluated. It’s always entertaining to see which top junior prospects “shrunk” since their college days, as many of the coaching staffs glorify a quarterback or receivers height on public depth charts.
The interviews are crucial. These 15 minute chats with the team can range from discussing past issues, breakdown plays to show understanding and much more.
Teams take this part very seriously and it’s usually entertaining, yet intriguing to hear about what some of these teams are trying to find out about certain players.
The Wonderlic test gets a little too much hype, but it still is a useful tool. The test is not a conventional test like the ones you take in school, but rather it is a logical reasoning test.
The faster you can work through them, the quicker you are at breaking down situations, to an extent. It’s designed so many people don’t finish it and rarely does a prospect get the perfect score of 40. Try a test out at www.wonderlic.com.
The Cybex Test and Injury Evaluation parts off the field are just to ensure that a player is in peak physical levels.
The Cybex tests for flexibility in a prospect, crucial for limiting injuries. And of course, teams want to be assured that a prospect they may draft doesn’t have any hidden injuries as well.