Immediately after the super bowl ends NFL fans anxiously await for the next big event that will give them a look at their favorite team’s potential future stars. The NFL combine is an invitation only event where the top NCAA football players take part in seven standard drills in addition to position specific drills to showcase their skills. It is the only event where all these prospects workout together and can be compared side by side.
What drills do the players compete in, what is the point of them, who was the top performer?
- 40 yard dash: Explosion, acceleration, speed: Zedrick Woods, S, Ole’ Miss (4.29 sec)
- 225 lb Bench Press: Strength & endurance: Iosua Opeta, OL, Weber St. (39 reps)
- Vertical jump: Lower body power: Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia (44”)
- Broad jump: Lower body power: Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri (11’9”)
- 20-yard shuttle or 5-10-5: Lateral quickness: David Long, CB, Michigan (3.97 sec)
- 3 cone drill: Change of direction (COD): David Long, CB, Michigan (6.45 sec)
- 60-yard shuttle: COD & endurance: Taylor Rapp, S, Wash (11.33 sec)
Every year fans and the media make a huge deal about the combine performance but how important is it? Our upcoming series will break down the research related to the following questions:
- Is NFL combine performance predictive of draft status?
- Is NFL combine performance predictive of NFL performance?
- Do musculoskeletal injuries that occur before and/or are identified at the NFL combine impact performance in the league?
- What players should NFL teams be wary of due to injury?
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