Originally written on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Every year there is a Combine at Indy. Every year some team GM forgets what he saw on game film and falls in love with a player based on his “measurable.” Almost without exception that love turns to hate faster than a three card Monte player scrambles his cards. That does not mean that the combine is worthless. It just means that a guy may look like Tarzan in shorts and a t-shirt but on the field he will often play like Jane. There are literally hundreds of examples of players that shoot up the draft boards of some teams only to win the “bust of the draft” award three years or less later. This is not a new development. In 1995 the Eagles fell in love with a DE from Boston College at the combine. He was athletic, quick and fast. His name was Mike Mamula. The problem was he had very short arms. If they had considered what they saw on film they would have realized he couldn’t get off of blocks because his arms were not long enough to push the OT off of him. He was the 7th pick overal...
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