[QUOTE=lageman4ever;2386601]I think the Combine is a useful tool in that it shows guys who are taking the whole process seriously and preparing like a professional.
When a player shows up fat and out of shape, runs or lifts below expected, that's a cause of concern for me. This is a job interview. And guys who can't be bothered to take it seriously, how are they going to act after they get a multi-million dollar paycheck ? Guys like Jake Long, Mendenhall, Chris Long show up in great shape and put up fantastic numbers. You can count on these guys to stay in shape and treat the NFL like a career. Other guys like Clady are sloppy and are benching far less than average for his position. That tells me Clady's comittment is not there and he's going to treat the NFL like winning the lottery.
So I think there's more to interpreting the Combine numbers than just raw performance.[/QUOTE]
Good points. Yet that isn't always the case either. McFadden as the natural talent that he is can rack up a nasty 40 time yet still be a knucklehead and doesn't really fit the NFL style of running.
I just don't like the whole saying that if someone runs a great forty time that this is justifying any picks...