TSV's Official NFL Combine Watching Guide

By John Harris
February 20, 2014

If you want to know what to look out for when you're watching grown men perform feats of strength, John Harris -- the O.G. Johnny Football -- has you covered. Follow along with the man who lives for the Combine.

What will I be watching at the Combine??

Most people that know me think I live for the NFL Combine.  The hips, the butts, the arm length, whatever, you name it.  But, those people don’t really kn…okay, can we keep this between us?

I do like the Combine.

Let me be clear, I understand its place in the NFL Draft World, but I love to watch athletes do the things I could never do.  (Things I could never do well, that is.)  Anyhow, there’s plenty that has my attention this week in Indianapolis. Follow along with me this weekend:

  • The 40 time for Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk
  • Does a QB not scheduled to throw get bitten by the “competition bug” and throws?
  • How many position players throw up fewer bench press reps of 225 than the best kicker?
  • The vitriol that’ll head Jadeveon Clowney’s way when he runs 4.65 in the 40.
  • South Dakota OLB Tyler Starr’s 3-cone time, he called his shot, got my attention, now follow up
  • What player will have all of us headed back to the film room after a strong combine performance?
  • Which GM will take former Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland’s place for worst interviewer at the Combine?
  • How big really are Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel’s hands?
  • Speaking of Texas A&M, I think Mike Evans runs well, and it's always impressive to watch “big” also be “fast”
  • I’d love to be a fly on the wall to hear the first Michael Sam team interview.
  • How fast is 6’6”/318 lb. Minnesota DT Rashede Hageman? I think he’ll run A LOT faster than I ever did - that’s scary.
  • The athletic show that UCLA OLB Anthony Barr will put forth.
  • Same goes for Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack.
  • The Manti Te’o-40 experience projected on to Stanford star Shayne Skov when he runs 4.7+.
  • Someone has to find out which college senior told an Atlanta Falcon scout at the Senior Bowl: “Can’t talk, this is my me time.”
  • Whether Auburn’s Dee Ford’s thighs have grown at all (it’s not humanly possible actually) since Senior Bowl
  • Anything USC C Marcus Martin does - most intriguing player that I want to study further
  • Baylor WR Tevin Reese running the 40, same goes for Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks
  • The shuttle drill and 3-cone drill time for Wyoming WR Robert Herron
  • UNLV RB Tim Cornett to be fully healthy and get people’s attention as a potential day three gem.
  • What will the scale say when Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde gets on it?
  • Furthermore, how will Hyde answer to his off the field antics last summer?
  • Anything the TE class does, not named Amaro, ASJ, Ebron and Niklas - a ton of unknowns with potential
  • The length of Texas A&M OL Jake Matthews’ arms
  • How much the weight Notre Dame DE Stephon Tuitt lost will assist his performance (from 322 to 306)
  • Which begs the question, why the heck was Tuitt EVER 322 pounds?
  • Penn State G/resident math genius John Urshchel’s Wonderlic score
  • The 40-time of Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard, especially in contrast to Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert
  • Which big cornerback will have everyone all a-twitter after running a 4.3 at 6’2”?
  • Last and certainly not least, which of the two LSU WR, Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, will step forward?

As I submit this for print, there’ll be about a 100 more.  So, I’m sure that my twitter account (@jharrisfootball) will be loaded with Combine thoughts throughout the weekend…well, if you’re interested.  You got this far, so it’s safe to assume you are.