World’s most overhyped job fair gets underway in Indianapolis

This guy is way too short to play in the NFL

The NFL has become a media mogul in recent years.  A few years ago the NFL Network decided to air the combine live.  It makes sense, you’ve got a whole network and 24 hours a day of programming to fill, why not show these guys working out.  The thing is that the combine results may not necessarily mean much in the long run.  Last year when Cam Newton came out and threw the ball he didn’t look so good.  Nevertheless the Panthers made Newton the first overall pick in the draft and he went on to light up the league in his rookie of the year season.

Andrew Luck has not decided yet as to whether or not he will take part in throwing drills at the combine.  Players who have already had their draft expectations set generally do not do any more than they have to at the combine but Luck might work out anyway.  I say he should do it.  This is live national TV, it’s time to give the people a show.  It’s not like he’s going to be able to shy away from the spotlight any time soon anyway, being Peyton Manning’s replacement and all.  And speaking of Peyton Manning doesn’t the media realize that new Colts GM Ryan Grigson will not be the guy making the call on Peyton Manning?  That will, of course, be Colts owner Jim Irsay.  Yet that didn’t stop reporters from asking him about Peyton Manning repeatedly during his pre-combine press conference.  Give the guy a break.  He is stepping in to re-build a team that was one of the best in the AFC for the past decade.

I also got a kick this week out of guys saying that Robert Griffith III would have problems if he measured anywhere under 6’2″.  Does an inch or two really make the difference between a good pro and a bad pro?  In 2001 an ultra talented QB from Purdue measured in at 5’11” at the combine and many teams were scared off.  How could a guy that small conceivably be successful in the NFL?  I’d say that after 11 seasons Drew Brees has answered that question quite well.  But don’t worry, it’s a moot point because RG3 measured in at that magical 6’2″ number this morning.

This guy is too slow for the NFL

But the combine has the 40 yard dash and that’s cool, especially when the NFL Network’s Rich Eisen runs it in his suit.  God forbid you can’t have a talented football player unless he runs fast in the 40 yard dash.  9 years ago at the combine a defensive end from Arizona State who broke the NCAA sack record ran a horribly slow 40 yard dash and his draft stock plummeted.  That was reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs who has made 5 Pro Bowls in his 9 years with the Baltimore Ravens.

The combine is more of a meet and greet for players, agents, and teams.  It also is a great chance for small school and under the radar talents to show that they have the athleticism to play at the next level.  A lot of the drills are meaningless and the result will have little impact on the draft slot that many of these players ultimately fall to.  Yet many, including myself, will turn on the TV on Saturday afternoon and watch these guys run their drills.  I guess they’re doing something right.

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30 year old sports enthusiast and aspiring writer from Boston.

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