By Bryan Stauffer
Sixteen days removed from the 2014 season, the NFL remains a hot topic of discussion among sports enthusiasts.
Unlike the MLB, NBA and NHL, all of which are currently in-season or about to kick-off, the NFL garners the attention of its fans mere days after its annual February conclusion, with events such as the East/West Shrine game, the Senior Bowl, the combine and the draft saturating the minds of fans who despise the word “offseason.”
Two of those events are in the books – the East/West Shrine game and the Senior Bowl – so now we turn our attention to the beloved NFL combine, where front office personnel, coaching staffs, and even fans, really dig into who these prospects are and how beneficial an addition they would be to their respective teams.
The combine, which will begin this Saturday and conclude on Tuesday, allows teams to not only witness player mechanics and observe testing first-hand, but it also allows teams to conduct valuable, face-to-face interviews with each prospect, gain intelligence information via the Wonderlic test, and put each athlete through a series of medical and drug tests that allow each franchise to get a look inside the body of a potential million-dollar investment.
Franchises already have a good sample size of how a player performs, handles pressure, etc. based on their collegiate careers and how they look on tape, so this is the time where teams really find out who each athlete is and where they stand, both physically and mentally.
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