Much like the first rule of “Fight Club:” You do not talk about Fight Club.
Our own Michael Lombardi also has a first rule of the Combine: “Never begin with the end in mind.”
In his column this week Lombardi breaks down what to look for and common mistakes some evaluators make.
As for the quote above, Lombardi explains that, “Each time a player has a great workout at the Combine, there is a huge push to view the tape with colored glasses – hence, beginning with the end in mind.”
Lombardi, who has done his fair share of scouting of course as a 20 year personnel executive for the Browns, Eagles and Raiders, says one of the most important benefits of the annual event in Indy is the opportunity to get to know the players and their personalities more closely.
“Understanding what type of individual you are bringing into your locker room is as important in today’s game as knowing what kind of physical talent the player might possess,” writes Lombardi. “One bad apple can spoil an entire team, so using the Combine to eliminate self-indulgent players is as important as any 40-time.”
Click here for Lombardi’s full feature.