This is a very well-written and amusing article from a former NFL LB who logically presents a great case why the Combine should be completely ignored when scouting a football player. It Is What It Is The NFL combine: The joke thatâs no longer funny To claim that no bias creeps in when you see a âWOW!â combine performance means youâre either crazy or lying. Or maybe both if youâve drafted Darrius Heyward-Bey into an average of $7.65 million annually based largely on an OK college career and the temptation of âmeasurables.â I mean this kid no ill will, but as a thieving point of reference, his annual salary averages are about four times that of Wes Welker, the league leader in receptions in â09 at the same position. 40-yard dash: â˘ Vital for knowing how a WR might perform when running go-routes without being covered, provided they still donât throw him the ball. â˘ Extremely valuable for predicting performance for a kickoff coverage member if heâs unblocked and allowed to run in an unfettered straight line due to the ball being kicked out of the end zone for a touchback. â˘ Other than these two examples âŚ this test is useless track-porn. Of the 10 best workout guys I played with over the course of my career, nine are most likely guys youâve never heard of. Thatâs no coincidence. If on the first day of offseason workouts the most impressive weight room guys on the team are also your new draft picks, the collective âuh-ohsâ should shake the franchise. Those most responsible for the new arrivals would be wise to start scouring their network of contacts for future work to begin approximately two years from that day.