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  1. Personally I put more value on game film. The Combine is a small piece in my opinion but everyone doesn't share that opinion and that's fine. It has value but it doesn't define a players true value because not everything can be calculated with a measuring tape and a timer. Tex
  2. He's a vampire with insomnia! No joke!! Tex
  3. 40-yard dash The sexiest drill of all, the 40-yard dash grabs the headlines, and running a 4.4 gives you bragging rights for the rest of your life. The problem is that only a few positions will regularly run 40 yards in a straight line on a football field. Wideouts, tight ends, safeties, and cornerbacks are the most common, and to those positions, the drill has legitimate value. Slow corners can’t make up ground if they lose it, and slow receivers have to be superb route-runners to separate downfield. Obviously speed matters to numerous other positions, but it doesn’t carry nearly the weight. 3-cone drill The 3-cone drill is the real MVP of the NFL combine. A slow 3-cone is the kiss of death for almost every position besides offensive line in the NFL. Why, you ask? Because the ability to turn and accelerate quickly and efficiently is one of the key tenets of football. It’s a defensive end turning the corner on a tackle, a safety breaking on a corner route, and a running back cutting upfield. Unsurprisingly, Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell ran the 11th-best 3-cone of any running back in the past 10 years, at 6.75 seconds, and he was the only back among the top 30 to weigh over 220 pounds (he was 230). Cornerback Darrelle Revis ran a 6.56 cone at 204 pounds back at his pro day in 2007. If I had to pick one drill to look at, it’s this one. 20-yard shuttle The shuttle can be used in tandem with the 3-cone drill under the umbrella of change-of-direction skills. Their combined percentile can give one a good picture of how well a guy plays in space. 225-pound bench press Putting up 30 reps on the bench looks sick at your local gym, but truthfully, there’s not a huge translation to the NFL. The reason being that it doesn’t quite measure functional football strength effectively. Core and length strength is far more important in the NFL than chest and triceps. Obviously outliers on either end of the spectrum should be examined, but even then, it’s rarely a deal-breaker. Bears center Cody Whitehair put up 16 reps last year, the lowest of any offensive lineman at the combine, and then became the sixth-highest-graded center in the league as a rookie. Vertical jump and broad jump I put these together because they measure the same thing: explosiveness. While it’s not technically its own drill, I put these together because they measure the same thing: explosiveness. While it’s not technically its own drill, the 10-yard split of the 40-yard dash could also be placed in this category, as it measures the same thing. Truthfully these drills have application to nearly every position on the football field. One shouldn’t be surprised to know that Arizona’s David Johnson and Miami’s Jay Ajayi recorded 41.5-inch and 39-inch verticals, respectively, the way they shed through arm tackles. Same with Khalil Mack’s 10’8” and Von Miller’s 10’6” marks in the broad jump, given the way they burst off the line of scrimmage. Explosion equals good things no matter who you are. 60-yard shuttle Few players even choose to participate in this drill, and, truthfully I don’t even look at it. Body measurements Out of every number recorded at the combine, these probably take more players off of draft boards than any other. Arm length for offensive tackles is the most widely publicized of the positional requirements. Short-armed tackles in college become guards in the NFL. Teams also have height cutoffs that exist for a handful of positions, most notably cornerback. And who can forget this time a year ago when everyone was obsessed with the hand size of NFL quarterbacks (though small hands do lead to more fumbles). Remember to stretch out your shoulders and massage those hands, everybody. Tex
  4. 2017 QB Throwing Speed Pat Mahomes — 60 mphDavis Webb — 59 mphDeShone Kizer — 56 mphJerod Evans — 55-56 mphMitchell Trubisky — 55 mphBrad Kaaya — 53 mphNathan Peterman — 52-53 mphDeshaun Watson — 49 mph Tex
  5. That's not even close to what I was saying really but the wheels will fall off this wagon when you think they can just throw anyone into a system. Lol, man the clock is ticking I'm not arguing Brees' accomplishments on the field. We all know his numbers, this is about the future I'm curious as to what they will do in this draft. IMHO, Cooks in NE>>>>>Cooks in NO but that's just me. What good will it do the organization while he's putting up these numbers and your still losing? What would you say the problem is? Brees has always been at least 3rd fiddle to Manning and Brady (accomplishment wise) and now the "Young Guns" are getting more experience and much wiser (Luck, Newton, Carr, Mariota, Winston, Prescott, etc....) and they are catching up fast. Brees is good, never said he wasn't but the theory of just plugging anyone in is crazy. Trading away good talent will catch up if you don't replace that with equal or greater talent. Tex
  6. I'm sure I could pull up other top 5 QBs who did similar things are even better. Brees is good but you guys are making it seem like you can just throw anyone in that offense and it will be ok. They got rid of Graham and thought that Fleener would be better that hasn't worked out too well at this point. That rooster that is crowing early in the morning is getting louder and louder and the fingers will be pointing in many different directions. Get ready for the chaos to begin. Tex
  7. IIRC the gradual decline of the WR is between 28-34 with the step drop taking place at age 35. Tex
  8. Don't bash the Yetis!!!!!! There's a reason no one has actual evidence of seeing one!!! Tex
  9. He was actually killing it at TCU! Tex
  10. “If he doesn’t go Day 2 (April 28), then something else is up there, whether it’s medical or something off-field with him, which I can’t imagine. Or teams are just making a big mistake,” Liskiewitz said. “I think he’s a stud. And he can block and catch, which is valuable. Those guys are few and far between right now in the NFL.”
  11. George Kittle has long been highly regarded by NFL Draft experts such as Josh Liskiewitz of Pro Football Focus. He told the Register in December: “I really thought he was the best tight end in the country coming into this year. He still graded out well as a blocker. Blocking tight ends that can run — there aren’t many of those guys. I think he’s going to play right away at the next level. ... I think he’ll be a better pro than he was a college player.”
  12. Check it: Tex
  13. Are we missing the boat on Kittle? I remember when he was seen as the best in this class even higher than Howard. He was plagued with injuries and never fully recovered until now. He had a really good Combine and he's one of those that could be had late in fantasy drafts. Im really interested in where he'll be drafted. If he gets drafted on day one or two we may need to take another look. Tex
  14. He has that edge which they like to draft on their team. Tex