The NFL combine: Useful talent evaluations, theatre, or a little of both?
This year’s early buzz was created by Georgia running back Keith Marshall. He dazzled in the 40 with a time of 4.31. That’s Deion Sanders/Bo Jackson territory
That speed was known when he was a high school phenom and rated one of the nation’s top running back prospects. Four years and 1,379 yards later – about half of Henry’s 2015 season – Marshall remains a young man with potential if he can ever stay healthy.
Nothing has changed.
There is a rhyme and reason to this maddening process. There’s no better way to gather the sport’s best future options than to bring them under one roof. It’s not for the physical show. It’s for the chance to interview and probe the mind.
Instead of going from campus to campus, the NFL can gather everyone in a single location and learn about mental and emotional makeup in one fell swoop. That alone makes the endeavor worthwhile.
Yet for some reason, televising someone take the Wonderlic Test isn’t as dramatic as a Spelling Bee.
So, enjoy this parade of a charade while you can.
I’ll stick to college basketball. NCAA Tournament bubbles are popping. That’s real, and that’s spectacular.
Editor’s note: Morning Ticker welcomes Doug Segrest as a new Featured Author. Segrest is a veteran sports writer who primarily covered college sports and professional baseball at the Nashville Banner and The Birmingham News, where he was named Tennessee and Alabama Sports Writer of the Year. He’s also the co-host of the highly rated “The Zone” talk show.