You wouldn’t know it to watch the breathless coverage, but the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine isn’t the end-all-be-all as we move towards the 2018 NFL Draft. There’s still all the college game film, not to mention the impending pro days and personal workouts for each of the prospects. But the combine is more than a bunch of guys running around in shorts and t-shirts. There is value in 40 times, three-cone drills and vertical leaps — and the interviews are arguably even more important.
Wherever you stand on the spectacle that has become the NFL Scouting Combine, there’s no denying its usefulness; in context, it’s a piece of the pre-draft puzzle that helps order a team’s draft board and, ultimately, informs their draft-day decision. With that in mind, there are going to be combine winners and losers, and the winners will see their draft stock rise while the losers will face more scrutiny in the coming days and weeks.