Every NFL offseason, we are subjected to the NFL combine. During this event, it's always inevitable that some no-namer will rise up through the ranks because of an off the charts performance.
More often than not, these guys turn out to be busts.
It happens every year.
JaMarcus Russell went to the NFL combine and threw the ball out of the stadium. The ball, moving at the speed of light, killed two birds in its flight and struck a man in the head in the parking lot outside the stadium, sending him to the hospital with a concussion.
Al Davis went bananas and drafted the guy with the first pick.
And we all know how that turned out.
We've seen GM's and owners make similar mistakes with guys like Ryan Leaf and Vince Young.
And again, in 2011, we saw more GM's make the same mistakes.
"Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
Wise words that every NFL GM should live by.
At the NFL combine, they run 40-yard dashes and do bench presses, leg presses and all kinds of other drills.
What they do not do is line up for a single play from scrimmage.
I don't care how fast you run a 40-yard dash. If they insist on having this combine, they should at least replicate some game situations.
Before a draft, I want to see how fast a running back can recognize a hole and hit it.
Show me how fast a cornerback can back peddle 10 yards and then change direction when needed.
I don't care if my QB can throw it 80 yards on a rope; show me if he can recognize a blitz and hit the hot route.
Regardless of my suggestions, and the poor results of drafting based on combine results, NFL teams continue to do it.
This year, we're bound to see more than a few rookies bust as a result.
Here's a list of a few whom I think will struggle.