Originally written on Players View  |  Last updated 11/17/14

The NFL Combine as a televised event is still a relatively new thing. Factor in the fact that it’s shown live exclusively on the NFL Network which has only recently within the past three years become a option on most cable packages and you can see why to the casual fan some of what goes on there is confusing. 

The most misunderstood concept is the reasoning behind why some Quarterbacks don’t throw.  I’ve seen more than one guy go ‘oh see I wouldn’t want that kid. He has an attitude problem. He thinks he’s better than other people. That’s what they call character issues…right?’

WRONG. Here is the deal. If you are projected to be a top 5 pick, you’ve earned that status because you have a nice catalog of game tape on hand that can display what you can do on the field.

Now, please remember that the NFL markets the NFL Combine almost as if it’s one stop shopping. Therefore, a lot of casual fans do not understand that it’s only one cog in the machine.

What’s next for all intensive purposes is what is called a “pro day” that takes place at the college that has supported these young men over the past few years.

All interested parties will fly out to each prospect’s pro day to get a better perspective on what this kid can do. A pro day has sunk the stock of kids that emerged at the combine and has lifted the value of kids that did not live up to their pre determined hype at the combine.

A great example of the latter is how well eventual Houston Texas LB Brian Cushing did at his pro day in comparison to his performance at the combine.

A pro day more or less runs through the same drills that you see at the combine.  For a QB though, a pro day is a much better situation to throw in.

Imagine this, at the combine you get paired with receivers that you just met. You are hoping and praying that you can not only get your timing down with down on contact but that they stay consistent with their route running.

If that kid runs a sloppy route or does not accelerate properly, now here come questions on how you can work with new receivers.  Why would you risk your future on what another guy can do?

By waiting to throw at your pro day, you are throwing to guys that you know. You are throwing on a field that you are comfortable with.

Some kids have never touched a dome surface in their life.  The combine is not a good place to try and learn how to adjust to that. Yes, there is a BIG difference between throwing outside and inside a controlled environment.

If you are a projected top 5 pick you only have everything to lose by throwing at the combine. If you are a kid that is projected to go even late in the first round or below, you must throw. Because you only have everything to gain if you can string together a great combine with a stand-out pro day.

Hopefully, for some you can understand why Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are going to do be selective with what drills that are going to do this weekend.

Truthfully, the primary reasons that they are there is to go through the non-televised interviews with all 32 teams in the league.

Let’s leave the character issues for the kids that genuinely mess up and not the ones that have fought hard to get in this position and they are standing at the verge of getting what they earned.

 

 

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: No NFL team is moving to Los Angeles in 2015

Report: 49ers looking for young, offensive mind as next coach

Sheldon Richardson: I'm on the same level as JJ Watt

Kendrick Perkins: Rajon Rondo wanted out of Boston

Report: Jim Harbaugh being encouraged to take Michigan job

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Wolves trade Corey Brewer to the Rockets

Yankees trade Prado to Marlins for Eovaldi in 5-player deal

Brandon Browner fined $8K for throwing Brandon Gibson to turf

Report: Sharper, NFLers called spiked drinks 'horny juice'

Rex Ryan: My wife could coach Tom Brady

Jim Harbaugh won in laser tag by 'hunting' 10-year-old kid

Grizzlies players buy new car for team intern

Peyton Siva jokes that Rick Pitino is in the mob

WATCH: Montrezl Harrell ejected for throwing punch

UNC wearing Jordan-era throwback uniforms

Brian Kelly: Justin Brent gets 'distracted,' is in my doghouse

Five free agent signings that should happen in 2015

Reporter asks Rajon Rondo awkward question about trade

Video: Swaggy P elbows Steven Adams in throat, gets ejected

Video: Grizzlies buy car for assistant who had his stolen

Video: LeBron takes pass to the face from Dion Waiters

New video of Ray Rice incident emerges

President Obama calls James Franco “James Flacco”

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

No NFL team in LA next season?

UNC rocking Jordan-era throwbacks

Reporter asks Rondo awkward question

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Jon Lester and the Cubs

Report: NFL players used 'horny juice'

Top 10 worst NBA related commercials of all-time

Phelps gets probation for DUI

NFL coaches on hot seat in Week 16

The Roy Williams-Terrell Owens horse collar turns 10

Most underpaid NFL players in 2014

Gronk jokes about Brady compliment

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.