NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock examines the importance of the “gauntlet” drill for wide receivers and tight ends at the NFL Scouting Combine.
As with many drills at the combine, though, Mayock points out it holds different meaning for the scouts and coaches on hand.
“They have very different opinions of this drill,” Mayock said. “The scouts kind of like it, [looking] at hand-eye coordination and the ability to concentrate and catch the ball five times cleanly in a row while running in a straight line.
“Coaches hate it. Why? What do they preach? Ball security. There’s just something inherently wrong in a coach’s mind to catch a football and throw it away. It simulates a fumble, and coaches don’t coach fumbles. Coaches don’t really like this drill.”