There are a few myths about the NFL Combine that need to be dispelled. For example, conventional wisdom says that the Combine will make or break prospects and that 40-times are all that matter.
Elite prospects can time or score poorly in some areas, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to fall down draft boards left and right.
“It depends (on the player and the position),” former NFL player and current TEST Football Academy director Geir Gudmundsen said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I’ll give you an example. A lot of people are talking about Joey Bosa’s 40. Now, if people don’t know, he ran a quote-unquote slow 40 for a D-end (4.86). But what people don’t know is, he ran a fast 10-yard dash. As someone who knows football, you want to look at the explosiveness of somebody coming off the line. Now, Joey Bosa doesn’t run 40 yards in a game. He explodes maybe five yards off the ball, maybe 10 yards off the ball, every play. So it depends on position. There’s a lot of nuances and a lot of little details that you need to look (at) per position. (There are) different drills for different positions for different ways of looking at it.”
Bosa, it is worth noting, was second among defensive linemen in the 20-yard shuttle (4.21) and three-cone drill (6.89). He was also fifth in the broad jump and had a 32-inch vertical.
“Like I said, people look at it in different ways,” Gudmundsen said. “If you’re kind of an outsider looking in, it could be a little confusing and it could be very easy to say, ‘Oh, well he’s slow. He needs to go down the draft board.’ It’s easy to kind of write somebody off, but looking a little bit deeper into the process, it gets a little more complex than that.