Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow stands on the sidelines before the start of the NFL Super Bowl XLIV football game between the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints in Miami, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Rob Carr) By Rob Carr
One of the most intriguing, yet bizarre moments, of the NFL season begins to unfold today in Indianapolis.
College players from all over the country, who hope to make their mark in the NFL, will willingly stand on a stage in front of a bunch of grown men and strip down to their underwear to be poked and prodded by various team medical personnel. As well they will be athletically and mentally tested to see if they match up to the standards of the NFL environment.
It is, in short, the human meat market and, of course, the St. Louis Rams have all hands on deck to study the players.
Rams General Manager Billy Devaney has stated that he does not hold much value in the Combine and uses it more for the meeting and greeting aspect of it and not the on field testing. Devaney believes that on field performance during the season, and how the player is off the field, should be the way you decide how to stack your draft board. His contention is that your scouts see these guys and you have to be able to trust that they know what they are doing and seeing.