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2016 Scouting Combine Nuggets: Jared Goff Has Small Hands

Written by Bryan Perez on February 24, 2016

USA Today’s Tom Pelissero is reporting that there are early rumblings about California QB Jared Goff’s hand size:

One point of curiosity for coaches/scouts entering combine week: how does Jared Goff measure? Smallest of top QBs, hands supposedly tiny.

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 24, 2016


BP’s Take:  Oh, what a great time of the year!  If you’ve paid attention to the NFL Draft over the last few years, you know that the nitpicking over hand size and knee mass will hit an all-time high this week.  Yes, I do think it’s worth noting when a quarterback’s hands check-in smaller than the position’s minimum requirements, but I don’t think it’s worth labeling as a red flag just yet.  Quarterbacks with small hands have a harder time holding onto the ball during contact situations; their diminutive digits cause them to enter the league with turnover concerns.  Goff did (read more…)

A Guide to the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine

Written by Bryan Perez on February 23, 2016

The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine is set to begin in just a couple of days.  The event will be covered from all angles by many different outlets, with player performances recorded, shared and discussed ad nauseam.  It’s truly one of the great parts of Draft season.

In order to really appreciate how a player’s performance can impact his narrative moving forward, you need to understand what teams are hoping to see.

Below is a breakdown of each drill and what an NFL prospect should be targeting as a minimum result.  Each position carries its own set of “minimums.” It’s not an exact science, but it certainly helps give the evaluator a tangible number to work with.  By using this breakdown of “minimums,” you’ll be able to gauge how well a player did by how much they exceeded (or were faster than) the minimum time.  It’s also good practice to compare a (read more…)

Combine Snubs and Corrective Measures

Written by Jeff Risdon on February 12, 2016

The NFL released the official list of participants in the 2016 Scouting Combine on Thursday. As is the annual custom, uproar quickly ensued.

Every year there are players who belong in the Underwear (or should I say Under Armour?) Olympics in Indianapolis at the end of February who are glaring omissions. This year, more than most, there are invitees who appear ponderous choices as well.

It’s time to put those hands together and fix this Combine! And I say that as one of the few draftniks who has actually operated a real combine from my days growing up on a farm in Northeast Ohio.

Here are the top five snubs, and the guys who I would kick out to include them in the Lucas Oil Field festivities later this month.

In: Michael Thomas, WR, Southern Miss. Thomas came from out of nowhere to turn in a commanding performance for (read more…)

2016 Scouting Combine Participants Announced

Written by Bryan Perez on February 11, 2016

The NFL finally released the official list of the 2016 Scouting Combine’s participants today, with 332 of college football’s top prospects named and expected to attend.  Over one-third of the players will come from the offensive and defensive lines (59 DL, 53 OL), providing insight for where the strength of this year’s draft class resides.

Some notable snubs include:  Jacob Coker (QB, Alabama), Aaron Green (RB, TCU), Michael Thomas (WR, Ohio State), Paul McRoberts (WR, SE Missouri).

The complete list of participants for the 2016 Scouting Combine can be found HERE.

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