NFL Draft 2011: Comparing Combine Performances of the Past vs. Present

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NFL Draft 2011: Comparing Combine Performances of the Past vs. Present
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The NFL Scouting Combine and NFL Draft are two very publicized and popular events surrounding the NFL that do not actually involve a game of any kind. 

In reality, they both fill the void for fans who cannot wait any longer until their favorite team’s first exhibition game.

There are many skeptics of the Combine: how are success and failure measured and what do they really mean for the future of a player?  There may be too much of an emphasis on Combine performance heading into the Draft.

What is most interesting is when one looks at current star NFL players and their rookie Combine performances.  Many of them would hardly impress at today’s combine.  For example, Tom Brady’s 40-yard dash time was barely under 5.30.  

At the end of the day, when the lights go out Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, we can pick out who overperformed and who underperformed.  The momentum (or lack thereof) these certain players have carries with them into the Draft, which begins April 28.   

Even if all of our expectations and predictions of the 2011 NFL Draft were completely wrong, we can still look at individual performances today and compare them with individual performances in the past.  This can be one of the most thrilling and entertaining results of the Combine and the Draft.

Let us compare these former college athletes to the current household NFL names. 

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