OpEd: The NFL seeking for a star

Hilario Ismeal Gomez, Reporter

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NFL Combine sign within Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Indiana.

The NFL Combine a.k.a “The Underwear Olympics” kicked off Feb 6 and lasted till Mar 4 within Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

This is a showcase for hundreds of the top NFL Draft prospects to showcase theirs on the field skills as well as test the limits of their athleticism.

Many make millions by showing off how freaky they can be athletically with their superhuman strength speed or explosiveness.

The Combine has had a long illustrious history of building up players who can pass the tests and destroying the draft stocks of players who cannot match up physically.

Beginning in 1982 as the National Invitational Camp, the NFL Combine has caught the attention of the mass media in recent year as interest for the NFL Draft has peaked.

With teams at the bottom of the league basically conceding so early in their seasons, fans look to the draft now with hopes of finding the savior of their favorite franchises.

With most focusing in on the 40-yard dash as the main event because it’s the best test of speed at the Combine and football is ALL about speed, baby.

Two years ago, Adidas even offered up an entire island for any player who could break the 40-yard dash record with their cleats on but former Washington Husky and current Cincinnati Bengal wide receiver ironically broke the record with a 4.22 second time in Nike brand cleats.

This year was no different than any other with Adonis-type physiques all over the place and superhuman type testing numbers strewn all over the place.

Players like Ole Miss’s D.K Metcalf and Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat became coveted prospects because of their amazing weeks in Indy.

Metcalf coming in at 6’4 and 230 pounds for a wide receiver but still blazing up the track with a 4.33 40-yard dash which places him among the fastest players to ever suit up in pads and a helmet and Sweat was just as freaky by coming in at 6’6 260 pounds while running the fastest recorded time in the 40-yard dash for a defensive lineman at 4.41 seconds. These two players went from relatively mild-mannered prospects to bonafide superheroes on the gridiron because of their performances.

Yet the Combine isn’t actually all physical, there is an actual strenuous interview process for these prospects with their prospective NFL suitors and the media in attendance.

Players can raise or drop their stock just like they do in the tests and no player changed their stock like former Florida Gator Jachai Polite who gave not so pleasant answers to pair with terrible testing. Polite went from a first-round lock to maybe a late day two pick which could turn into a steal for the team or a complete waste of a pick.

With the draft beginning on April 25 performances at the Combine could dictate how many millions a player could get and just how lucky your favorite team will be next season.

 

 

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