by Matt Bowen
February 18, 02010
When it comes to top prospects and the annual rookie scouting combine in Indianapolis, the opinions are all over the place.
This guy should or should not work out, he is hurting his draft stock, he is hiding something by standing on the sidelines, etc., etc., etc.
We all have our opinions and I am sure there are plenty today after reports surfaced that Nebraska’s DT Ndamukong Suh — clearly the No. 1 overall prospect for this April’s NFL Draft — will work out in Indy.
Surprised? Don’t be. This guy is the best player available, and all of that talk about hurting his draft stock is just nonsense. Maybe he runs slower than he would on campus, and maybe he only clears 35 reps on the bench instead of 37. What does that tell us?
Nothing, really. Because all we have to do is turn on the tape and watch for ourselves. The guy is a ball player and that tape won’t lie.
We will be in Indy next weekend and I have participated in the annual “meat market” down there myself when I was coming out of Iowa back in 2000. I will get into the inner workings, the stress and the entire process from a first-person perspective next week, but Suh is doing what he feels is best.
Every scout knows that each prospect will run faster and test better on campus. There is a comfort zone dressing in your own locker room and running on your own turf right down the street from your off-campus apartment.
But, every scout also knows that the guys who do show up and run in Indy really have nothing to hide.
Does that matter for Suh? Not as much for a guy who could go No. 1 overall in April, but it does send a message to the NFL world that he is confident enough to put himself up for criticism from every angle — from the weigh-ins, to interviews, to the actual testing.
Think about it: if you are Ndamukong Suh, what could you possibly have to hide?
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