Well, the combine is an ancient, albeit positive, memory for some players, while a painful-and-fresh one for some others. Regardless, we move on to the next aspect of the NFL Draft process which are pro days (scheduled workouts for draft-able individuals from select colleges) and private workouts.
Players typically use their pro days for one of the following reasons:
1. If a player was unable to participate in or not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, this is his one shot to impress scouts beyond what tape is available of his play on the football field.
2. If a player had a poor combine, this is the rough equivalent of taking a mulligan in golf and getting another shot to impress.
3. Occasionally a player will use his pro day to even improve on a very good performance in Indianapolis. This is usually done to show consistency, not for the mere purpose of shaving another few tenths of a second off a 40-yard dash time.
Regardless of the reason for having a pro day or a private workout, there is little doubt of the importance of this process as we are at the point where teams become completely enamored with certain prospects while taking others off their boards completely.
The next 15 slides contain the most burning questions that I have going into the pro days.