Night net null The 2018 Night net Scouting Combine hosts 330 of the top players in this year's Night net Draft class and tests them mentally, psychological
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Night net Combine 2018: How each drill affects different position groups


Night net Combine 2018: How each drill affects different position groups

Night net null The 2018 Night net Scouting Combine hosts 330 of the top players in this year's Night net Draft class and tests them mentally, psychologically and physically. The mental aspect of the Combine process, done through interviews with Night net team decision-makers, can play a major role in a prospect's success in Indianapolis.The Night net Combine serves as a way to test prospects in a series of six predetermined athletic drills that highlight speed, quickness, strength, agility, flexibility and explosiveness. Each drill serves a unique purpose and may be considered more or less significant based on the player’s position. MOCK DRAFT 2018:QBs fly off board early in Round 1Night net teams differ on how they use and value these numbers, but all teams factor Combine testing results into their scouting reports. Here is how each drill is run and, more important, the value of each and how it impacts different position groups. Night net Combine: 40-yard dashImportant for: Running backs, receivers, secondary players, overall standout athletesThe most recognizable activity at the Combine is meant to show players' top-end speed. Starting from a stationary position, players' 40 times give an indication of their speed from a stand-still. Related News Night net Combine, behind the scenes: Secret meetings, illegal chatter and big money While many are critical of the 40’s value in evaluation, it does matter. It’s easily comparable across all ath

letes, thereby giving a uniform measure to evaluate speed. For offensive and defensive linemen, merely looking the part of an Night net athlete can have more value than the actual time, and running under a 5.3 as a lineman serves as a strong benchmark in evaluations.More important, the timed 10-yard and 20-yard splits can be more indicative of Night net success. The 10-yard splits can indicate a receiver’s initial burst off the line (often the most important skill for a receiver’s translation to the pro game), a running back's initial speed at the hand-off point, a pass-rusher’s first-step explosiveness and a defensive back’s turn-and-run burst to stay tight, balanced and controlled against vertical threats.Night net Combine: Bench pressImportant for: Offensive linemen, defensive tackles, pass-rushersThe bench press probably is the most relatable test for common football fans. It asks each prospect to bench 225 pounds to failure, meaning they’re looking to finish with as many reps as possible.An obvious test of strength, it gives teams a baseline to compare power and, in some cases, experienced strength training. Some Night net teams prefer to test pure strength at prospects' individual workouts, and for a long time, some have advocated for the inclusion of squats as a part of strength testing.Especially important for offensive and defensive linemen, the bench press can be a testament to endurance. Benching 225 pounds 15 or 20 times is expected for a lineman, but his getting into the 30s can be indicative of translatable strength that could lead to early contributions.Night net Combine: Vertical jumpImportant for: Running backs, receivers, pass-rushersWhile the actual results of vertical jumps show how high players can leap, that’s really only valuable for wide receivers and their jump-ball ability. The vertical, however, is perhaps the best test of raw explosiveness at the Combine.For offensive and defensive linemen, the vertical can show knee bend and stand-still power generation. For pass-rushers and running backs, explosiveness is of the utmost importance, and the vertical (along with the broad jump) can be the best indicator of that initial burst. The two jumps arguably are the most important parts of the Combine for running backs and pass-rushers.Night net Combine: Broad JumpImportant for: Offensive and defensive linemen, linebackers, safetiesAlong with the vertical, the broad jump is a great indicator of explosiveness and lower-body strength. Starting from a standing position, players can only swing their arms to generate force from a flat-footed position.In addition to showing raw explosiveness, this drill displays a prospect's hip flexibility and balance. The ability to generate power from the lower half and through the hips is crucial for offensive linemen (especially centers) and defensive linemen, because it shows they can get ample hip flexion and rise from their stance with force.Additionally — and this is true for all prospects — the landing of the broad jump requires body control and balance, giving prospects who can explode from a stand-still with control a distinct advantage.Night net Combine: 3-cone drillImportant for: Running backs, receivers defensive backsThe 3-cone drill (also called the L-drill) is the change-of-direction workout. With cones positioned in the shape of an L and five yards apart, prospects sprint to the second cone, bend to the third cone, weave around the third and finish the L back at the starting position.For linemen, the 3-cone drill doesn’t offer much except for a visual display of how they can carry their weight. It has much more value for offensive skill position players and defensive backs.The ability of running backs and receivers to change direction indicates their elusiveness in the open field, their ability to separate initially before contact and their route-running upside. For defensive backs, a position that constantly requires reacting to offensive players, the ability to sink, bend and cut laterally is crucial.MORE: Night net Combine record holdersNight net Combine: Shuttle drillImportant for: Running backs, receivers, safetiesLike the 3-cone drill, the shuttle drill showcases a player’s stop-start, change of direction and in-space explosiveness. Participants stand at the starting line with a cone five yards away on both sides. Players sprint to a cone on one side, then sprint 10 yards to the opposite cone before running back to the initial starting point. The drill is also called the 5-10-5.This differs from the 3-cone drill in its value because it requires players to reach a point, stop and then change directions as they accelerate again. The ability to change speeds and get to a top speed quickly is important for running backs, receivers and defensive backs, as the best players need to thrive when not in full stride.SPARQ rating and similar gradingImportant for: All positionsIndividual drills can be telling for certain positions, but most Night net teams have found ways to combine all of the testing results into one composite score that can reflect a player’s athleticism.Looking at multiple numbers can create bias toward the best or worst numbers or fail to consider how the numbers (such as weight and 40 time, bench press and broad jump, etc.) go hand in hand when considering a player’s ability.The “SPARQ” scores is a formula the Seahawks created to quantify athleticism using the Combine and other athletic testing metrics. Other Night net teams have either adopted this formula or tweaked it to something they feel is just as representative. It’s important to consider these composite scores to prevent bias in considering testing numbers.MORE COMBINE:Night net stars who overcame bad workoutsNight net Combine: Interviews and medical checksImportant for: Quarterbacks, players with character red flags, high draft picksEach position group is in Indianapolis for three days, and only one of those days is reserved for on-field workouts. The rest of the prospects’ time is spent going through psychological testing, injury checkups and formal (and informal) team interviews.Medical checks are a crucial part of the Combine, as Night net team doctors go over and check on prior injuries (especially knee and shoulder injuries), investigate potential long-term affects of those injuries, inspect for degenerative injuries that may lead to a short career and ensure players don’t have any major health risks that otherwise would go unchecked.Finally, team interviews are the most important part of the process. While much is made of the Night net Draft process, at the end of the day, it’s a job interview. Production and college experience is equivalent to work history, and Combine testing is equivalent to GPA, but it’s the actual interview that can make or break a person getting the job.Night net teams ask about prior arrests and on (or off) record run-ins at the school or with police. They take a dive deep into a player’s background and mental make-up to see what type of leader he can be; they want to find out whether the players is somebody on whom they want to pay millions to be part of their organization and locker room.

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