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Value of the combine for NFL GMs

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 24, 2014 – 8:30 pm

Tuesday is the final day for the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. And a former high profile NFL GM says the combine is an essential part of the scouting process for teams in the league.

Former Bills, Panthers and Colts GM Bill Polian says it’s the medical exams and the weighing and measuring that are the most important part of the six day combine.

“First of all, it’s absolutely critical to get the medical information,” Polian said in an interview on The John Murphy Show from the combine. “And this is the most efficient way to do it, and Indianapolis happens to be the most efficient place to do it because the hospital is literally right across the street.”

“The second thing is the interviews and the psychological testing that goes on,” he said. “And then finally, the benchmarks, the forty yard dash, the jumping drills, the triangle drill, the shuttle drill-all of those things are critically important because they make the difference between, let’s say first rounder and perhaps a third rounder.”

Polian offered a recent example of how measurable, height and weight, make a big difference.

“Russell Wilson for example measures under six feet tall,” he said. “He’s a Super Bowl winning quarterback and no one would doubt his ability, but he was drafted in the third round because he’s under six feet tall. The measureables are important to us, because what they do is eliminate mistakes and that’s what we’re trying to do in each round, keep the mistakes to a minimum. So they’re very important.”

The entire radio interview with Bill Polian is available here


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