More than 6 million people watched 2012 NFL Scouting Combine

nfl-scouting-combine

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.

[Read more…]

2012 NFL Draft Combine winners and losers: running backs

lamichael james

It’s combine time, the male version of a swimsuit calendar shoot. But don’t get too high or too low about this stuff. Like my friend Bill Smith says, “beware the workout warrior.” The site of the past Super Bowl, Indianapolis is also hosting the 2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine. Let’s take a look at who’s draft stock is trading higher and who’s trading lower after the workouts.

[Read more…]

2012 NFL Draft Combine winners and losers: quarterbacks

kirk cousins

It’s combine time, the male version of a swimsuit calendar shoot. But don’t get too high or too low about this stuff. Like my friend Bill Smith says, “beware the workout warrior.” The site of the past Super Bowl, Indianapolis is also hosting the 2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine. Let’s take a look at who’s draft stock is trading higher and who’s trading lower after the workouts.

[Read more…]

2012 NFL Draft Combine winners and losers: wide receivers

michael floyd

It’s combine time, the male version of a swimsuit calendar shoot. But don’t get too high or too low about this stuff. Like my friend Bill Smith says, “beware the workout warrior.” The site of the past Super Bowl, Indianapolis is also hosting the 2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine. Let’s take a look at who’s draft stock is trading higher and who’s trading lower after the workouts.

[Read more…]

NFL Draft Combine: beware the workout warrior

nfl-draft-combine

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.

[Read more…]