More than 6 million people watched 2012 NFL Scouting Combine

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It is extremely boring, there’s no doubt. It’s nothing more than watching guys in tights run sprints and do some measured jumps on a football field. It’s colloquially being referred to as the “Spandex Super Bowl.” Yet for the second consecutive year more than 6.5 million viewers tuned in to NFL Network’s exclusive coverage of the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine Presented by Under Armour (6.51 million in 2012, 6.55 million in 2011).

Those totals represent large jumps over 2010 (5.2 million viewers) and 2007 (3.7 million viewers), according to The Nielsen Company.

America must really crave football is they’re willing to watch this.

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NFL Draft Combine: beware the workout warrior

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Every year there is a Combine at Indy. Every year some team GM forgets what he saw on game film and falls in love with a player based on his “measurable.” Almost without exception that love turns to hate faster than a three card Monte player scrambles his cards.

That does not mean that the combine is worthless. It just means that a guy may look like Tarzan in shorts and a t-shirt but on the field he will often play like Jane. There are literally hundreds of examples of players that shoot up the draft boards of some teams only to win the “bust of the draft” award three years or less later.

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4 Things I Learned from the NFL Scouting Combine

by Peter Christian

Over the weekend I decided to forgo my usual routine of catching up on hours of television stored on my DVR to watch the NFL Network’s Live(ish) coverage of the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine. Much to the chagrin of my wife and kids, I am now completely NFL Draft literate. I can pronounce the names of all the major players, I can pick them out of a line up and I know what they look like in skin tight clothing (not exactly ideal knowledge). Now if I could only turn this knowledge into something that pays the bills….

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