NFL Combine 2011: Prospects Lining Up For The Most Hyped Workout Ever
The NFL Combine Is Important To The Draft, But Is It Useful?
As prospects, scouts, front office personnel and coaches head to Indianapolis for the NFL Combine, the eternal question over how useful the Combine is to predicting future success continues.
There are countless stories of players who "won" the Combine and then went on to have completely unremarkable careers, or became remarkable for all the wrong reasons.
The Combine is useful for getting all the prospects together and getting some measurements on them. It also is useful for the opportunity to interview the prospects without having to fly to 30 different cities over the next two months.
But the Combine is a shot in the dark when it comes to predicting future success in the NFL. There are so many intangibles when it comes to achieving success at the Pro level. The Combine is not set up to show those intangibles. It is set up to show how fast these guys can run and maneuver.
There is the Wonderlic exam, but the test is yet another attempt to measure something that can't be accurately measured.
Past success isn't an accurate indicator of future success. Being "good" at the draft is as much a matter of luck as it is skill. The "good" drafters are the ones who make the least mistakes.
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