Good morning Rumblers,
Sorry you missed me on Friday; was out of town and couldn't post my daily post. I wanted to send this out on Friday, but hopefully it's not too late
As all of you are aware, the NFL Combine started this weekend and we finally have something to talk about. Unfortunately, this is the time of year where people see guys run in shorts and feel like they should be drafted ahead of where they should be. Just as recently as yesterday, I've seen people say "I'll be perfectly fine if we take Stephen Hill at 10". What??? No offense to Stephen Hill, because he's a great physical specimen, but this isn't track and field, this is football. Maybe this guy will be the next Calvin Johnson, but the chances are that he'll flake out like so many other Combine Warriors.
Come on guys, we have to "hold up and wait a minute". We should all gather our breath, slow down, and think for a moment. Let's not let this combine thing get too out of control. Let's look at these players and the drills they are performing in the proper context. It's important that we have some perspective when it comes the combine. I know the emotion of seeing guys perform in a controlled environment can influence your judgement, but for a lot of these guys they have game film that is more extensive then just a day or so at the combine.
From my previous post, What do you Do, I found that this site has a lot of smart people on it. Also, from several readings I find this site to have people with great insight and common sense. But when I see a post where a guy goes from off the radar to the 10th pick because he ran a 40 yard dash under 4.4 seconds; I have to stop and tell you to "hold up and wait a minute". A guy shouldn't go up or down 3 or 4 rounds because of his results from the combine. What it should do, is cause you to take a second look at the prospect and see how he was overlooked. Maybe he goes up a round or a few spots. Now obviously, if red flags pop up during the interview and physical and mental examination process, I can see that, but performing drills in shorts, should NOT trump actual game tape.
I always said, there are usually two things that turn intelligent men in to foolish men; sports and women. Go to any sporting event or any bar in America and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about.
So I'll leave you on this note; please step back and think for a moment. We still have our glaring needs, and a developmental QB or WR at 10 doesn't make any sense, because if we don't start addressing our NEEDS with top flight talent, both Chan and Nix will be gone.