The NFL Combine seems like a vague memory, as we are now two months removed from the event. With more running split information available to me now than was available immediately after the Combine and with the draft almost upon us, I thought it might be interesting to take a final look at the players who did best at the Combine.
My definition of “who did best” is based strictly on how a player performed in those drills that were the best indicators of success for his playing position. The relevant drills for each playing position were presented in the article titled “2014 Combine Viewing Guide.” I do not hold the view that success in the Combine foretells success on the football field. Still, though, it only makes sense to me that doing well at the Combine is better than doing lousy.
I thought the best way to present the top Combine performers was to present an All-Star team (first and second teams) with inclusion earned strictly from Combine performance (e.g., on the field performance is ignored). This parameter would give Usain Bolt a position on the team but there would be no room for Anquan Boldin.
The All-Star teams are presented below:
It is interesting, but not really surprising, that there appears to be only limited correlation between the All-Stars and those players ranked at the top of their position (at least in mock drafts). For example, NFL.com’s Billy Brooks has ranked the top five players at each playing position. Only 13 of the 44 players on my Combine All-Stars appeared on Brooks’ list.
So what to make of the players on the Combine All-Stars who are not considered top draft choices? Are they sleeper candidates or they just very good athletes whose skills do not translate to the football field? Unfortunately, the answer to that question for the 2014 group is several years away.
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