Watching the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine has been both rewarding for me in gaining some crucial draft knowledge, and getting to see all of these kids’ hardwork pay off a little bit.
For me, draft day is the culmination of everything coming together for a young man, and him and his family, reaching the pinnacle of his career, the NFL.
But all of the other events leading up to the draft, the Senior Bowl, the Combine, the Pro Days, everything is just so refreshing to watch, because for once, it is not all about the business side of the off-season, and it is not about the wins or the losses, it is about the kids working their tails off to get to the show.
Put the off-field issues aside, the Combine is the place where all of the top prospects come together to show off their hard work, and their skill set.
Today Tim Tebow was the topic of conversation, and it was one of the most heated discussions I have ever seen on NFL Network. It was all over his throwing motion and footwork.
When NFLN finally got an interview with Tim, he came off so modest, and kept saying that he is “blessed” and that his hard work can help him make it in the NFL, and that he is willing to do any drill he is asked to, and do anything period, to help him get better as a player.
I was a little sceptical of Tebow all through college, but it was this conversation that sparked my idea for this post.
The truth of the matter is, most of the players at the Combine are not focused on how much money they could be making. They are focused on improving their draft stock. The money is the afterthought that they get to once they get drafted. Once these guys are close to their second contract in the NFL, money is all that they are thinking about. Their performance is motivated by not only by their love of the game, but now it is motivated by the smell of a big payday.
It was only a couple of months ago that these players were motivated by a potential National Championship berth. Now they are focused on improving their draft stock, and making sure they get drafted, and achieve their dream of finally playing professional football.
To watch this process, is truly something to sit down and enjoy. These guys love the game of football, and most, rookies and veterans, would play for free, and it is that love of the game that attracts me to the Combine, Draft, etc.
There’s nothing like the draft process. For once there is a couple months where it is not about the wins and the losses, but the kids amount of determination to get to where they want to be.
This may not be the off-season for the front offices of each of the 32 NFL teams, but it is the off-season for guys like me, who enjoy the sight of kids working for what they want, and all of their hard work paying off. The Combine is where that all comes together, and over a span of four days, lightens the heart of everyone watching these young men do their thing, in preparing for their future career.