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New Combine Test Set To Debut This Year

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 20, 2013 – 10:59 am

Part of the reason the NFL continues to reign king of the America sports landscape is its ability and willingness to adapt and evolve. More than many other sports leagues, the NFL adjusts and tweaks its rules to accomplish two primary objectives: enhance player safety and improve the overall product and fan experience.

This year at the Scouting Combine, the NFL is showing that the ability and willingness to adapt transcends what happens between the white lines and extends into the offseason as well. As NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported earlier this week, the NFL will implement a new, expanded player-assessment test designed to provide a comprehensive look at a player’s non-physical capabilities, aptitudes and strengths. This may sound like a test that already exists at the Combine – the Wonderlic. But this new test will not replace the Wonderlic, rather, it will supplement it.

The new test will be implemented for the first time at this year’s Combine and it will be administered similarly to the Wonderlic, according to Breer. In his report, Breer cited a memo that was sent to all 32 clubs. The final paragraph of that memo, which was displayed on NFL.com, reads as follows:

“This is an exciting innovation that brings updated best practices from corporate America to the NFL football operations. By giving clubs new and more relevant information, it offers additional information to supplement your decision-making in the draft. One of the most interesting aspects is that new information on player learning styles can potentially help our coaches’ work more effectively with young players.”

This new test seems like a win-win. It provides teams with more information as they attempt to select players who best fit their organization. And it also sheds more light on how players are wired so that teams are better-equipped to help college players transition to the professional world, where their responsibilities expand to more than just Xs and Os.


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25 Responses to “New Combine Test Set To Debut This Year”

  1. By BlueBird7 on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    Let us see just how this will work!

  2. By WRHopkins2013 on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1534660-10-small-school-standouts-and-under-the-radar-prospects-to-watch-at-the-combine#/articles/1534660-10-small-school-standouts-and-under-the-radar-prospects-to-watch-at-the-combine

  3. By odark30 on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    Perhaps Manti Teo’s Multiple personality disorder will be exposed with the new testing. joking. He would do much to bolster the Vikings anemic LB roster. I dont see him falling that far. Perhaps Alec Ogletree would be a bit more realistic. Besides, I think we met our Notre Dame cap with Dirty Harri. Ogletree may end up as the BPA for pick #23 if Spielman chooses to go that route.

  4. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    Ogletree got a DUI. We dont want troublemakers.

  5. By odark30 on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    @GrandDaddyPurp……..
    Understandable. That is one of the reasons he might fall to around the #23 pick. He also has a history of failed drug tests. I just dont see Te’o falling that far in the draft.

  6. By iaVIKE on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    I wouldn’t mind havin that troublemaker though GDP :) I don’t mind the DUI, i mean Felton got one last summer and had a great year for us. The thing that bothers me with that is the sheer stupidity of getting a DUI a week before the biggest test of your career where scouts investigate EVERY instance in your life…..i mean come on dude…

  7. By Parkway on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    Pre combine draft:

    1st: Rhodes (CB)
    2nd: Rogers (WR)
    3rd: Williams (DT)
    4th: Olonso (ILB)
    4th: Sw ope (WR)
    5th: Thornton (OG)
    6th: Lester (SS)
    7th: Hyde (CB)
    7th: Boyce (WR)

  8. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    odark30- that was a joke for all the people who keep saying they dont want Harvin because he is trouble. I would love for us to get Ogletree

  9. By odark30 on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    1st: BPA
    2nd:BPA
    3rd:BPA…………..

  10. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    Yes Parkway rebuild the Williams Wall!

  11. By odark30 on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    @GrandDaddyPurp………..
    Gotcha. I hope Percy stays. All this speculation surrounding him is pure BS.

  12. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    odark- I agree. If BPA doesnt get you a starter it gets you depth. In the most violent sport you need a deep team to win a super bowl.

  13. By Parkway on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    BPA is somewhat subjective and is so marginal in most cases you want the one that fits your team the best and ideally fills needs.

  14. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    iaVIKE- young people make mistakes so I’m not that concerned with it. i’m glad nobody got hurt as a result of him driving under the influence.

  15. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    Spielman found a great balance between the two last year. I’m confident he will do the same this year.

  16. By odark30 on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    Honestly….I too have a DUI. Not proud of it. Kids do stupid things.

  17. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah like having relationships with people they never even met in person.

  18. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000140423/article/female-will-compete-at-regional-combine-for-first-time

  19. By odark30 on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    @GrandDaddyPurp………….
    I watched a bit on that story this morning on the NFL network. Hard to tell if she is serious. There was only one short clip of her kicking about a 20 yarder. She says she is trying to hit the long 60′s. Was not clear if she could hit anything near that. Aside from that, if she was actually a viable prospect I doubt she would sign with anyone since she apparently is running her own successful business ventures of some sort. Has a masters degree.

  20. By iaVIKE on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    I agree GDP, it’s the timing of it that’s concerning ya know?

  21. By odark30 on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    Odds on where Percy ends up….Giving 100/1 odds that he stays here!!!!!??? LOL

    http://www.blindsidefootball.com/PercyHarvinOdds.html

  22. By Northern Norseman on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    My mock draft according to who is still available at our draft spot’s on DraftTek’s website:

    1st round: DE — Ezekiel Ansah — BYU
    2nd round: DT — Kawann Short — Purdue
    3rd round: WR — Da’Rick Rogers — Tennessee/ Tennessee Tech
    4th round(1st): OG — Alvin Bailey — Arkansas
    4th round(2nd): RB — Marcus Lattimore — South Carolina
    5th round: CB — Tyrann Mathieu — LSU
    6th round: WR — Marquess Wilson — Washington St.
    7th round(1st): S — DeVonte Holloman — South Carolina
    7th round(2nd): LB — Jordan Campbell — New Mexico Highlands

    Notes:
    – DT Johnathan Hankins, DT Sharrif Floyd, LB Manti Te’o, LB Alec Ogletree, and WR Cordarrelle Patterson went in consecutive picks 18-22 and would all be possible players if they any were availble at #23. Went with DE Ezekiel Ansah (who slipped to the Falcons) because Jared Allen is starting to crack the 30′s and would be a fantastic DE pairing with Everson Griffen for years.

    – Middle the draft, the value of players happened to be all over the place. Rather than take a nobody I reached a little but went with players that have high upside in OG Alvin Bailey and RB Marcus Lattimore.

    – In conclusion, this draft would be an insane high-risk/high-reward. Although a lot of risk (off field problems, raw ability, and injuries), I think more good than bad would come from it as nearly 6 of those prospects are 1st round talent.

    —–NEXT——

    My next mock draft is based off who is still available at each of the Vikings draft spot’s in Matt Millers BR mock draft:

    1st round: WR — Keenan Allen — Cal
    2nd round: DT — Brandon Williams – MSSU
    3rd round: CB — Robert Alford — Southeast Louisiana
    4th round(1st): RB — Marcus Lattimore — South Carolina
    4th round(2nd): WR — Aaron Dobson — Marshall
    5th round: CB — Tyrann Mathieu — LSU
    6th round LB — A.J Klein — Iowa St.
    7th round(1st): WR — Marquess Wilson — Washinton St.
    7th round(2nd): LB — Jordan Campbell — New Mexico Highlands

    Notes:
    – With 5 out of the 9 selection being a DB or WR, it seems that too many picks are being focused on just 2 positions. They were simply the best players I thought were available at each pick. Bright side is that chances are that the secondary and receiver positions will be set for a while, especially if the players pan out.

    – RB Lattimore, CB Tyrann Mathieu, WR Marquess Wilson, and LB Jordan Campbell all are on this draft also. All have some sort of question marks about them but at the spots I drafted them, the upside was far to great to let slide by rather than taking another prospect that doesn’t have near the ceiling they have.

    – I was really close to taking S Phillip Thomas of Fresno St. in the 2nd round instead of DT Williams. It would be really awesome to see Thomas pair with Harrison Smith but I went with Williams because I think Jamarca Sanford can do a decently good job holding his own at S while the Vikings need to get a big bodied DT. Brandon Williams will be a good guy to groom behind and pair with Kevin Williams.

    – Overall a very well rounded draft. The WR position could turn into a strength with Allen, Dobson, and Wilson. CB Alford and CB Mathieu help shore up the DB position. DT Williams would bring a much needed big and quick man to the interior of the DL. I like the upside of most the players.

  23. By Tomcat on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    N.N.– 2nd mock draft makes much more sense to me.

  24. By Northern Norseman on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    @Tomcat

    Yeah if I had to choose one myself it would be the 2nd one also.

    The potential of the 1st one with the DE Ezekiel Ansah and DT Kawann Short (or Brandon Williams) would be an intriguing young DL.

    Again, I would still lean towards the second mock draft even though I trust the DraftTek’s (1st mock) more than Matt Millers (2nd mock).

  25. By Sixkings on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    Te’o can’t tackle

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