I think the NFL Combine starts this weekend. I can't remember. Pretty sure. I'm a horrible NFL fan. But let's say it does. People love to get all fussy about 40 times, measurables, Wonderlic scores, men in tight shorts, the usual stuff. But does any of it matter? We had an infographic passed on from FanSpeak that looks at 40 times from the combine between 2006 and 2012 and whether or not any of this matters.
See the full infographic after the jump:
Of course, the real joke here is labeling Chris Johnson as a "Stud," and of course that picture of LaRon Landry working out. Anyone test him for PEDs yet? Jesus.
I would tend to agree with what I think this infograph is saying, namely, the combine is full of stupid ridiculousness and if a guy can play football, he can play football. It's that simple. If you get sucked into the combine numbers you end up with guys like Troy Williamson, Erasmus James, Dustin Fox, oh God, why can't we have good drafts consistently for the Vikings?
So, what do you think? Combine info worth all the hype or not?
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It matters, you just have to know where to look. There are certain combinations of performances that correlate with success in the NFL at different positions. So while the 40 time may not matter for O-lineman, the 10 yard split time does. And the number of reps they can do on the benchpress actually hurts their chances for success the more they can do (it's not a direct correlation, but suggests that some players who focus on strength too much end up having poor technique and quickness).
Clearly does not matter. And LaRon Landry consumes more roids than Lance Armstrong's cycling team combined.