The 2020 NFL Scouting Combine is in the books, and all 32 NFL teams will now turn their attention to attending college Pro Days, as well as gearing up for Free Agency to start with the new league year on March 18th.
But for current players in the NFL, watching the Combine brings back some memories. Maybe those memories are ones of not being invited to the event. Possibly someone not being able to compete in any on-field drills due to injury. For Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Steven Nelson, he watched closely and had a lot to say about the event.
Nelson was a combine invitee before he entered the NFL, but it doesn’t mean he doesn’t look back and think about all the tests which are done and the lack of correlation to the professional game.
Take a look at what he had to say on his official Twitter page about the event:
If you can run and Jump your getting drafted you can be dumb as a rock lol— Steve Nelson (@Nelson_Island) February 28, 2020
Just seen a guy just run a 4.30 and they said he can play nickel lol man let me be the first to say you can’t just put anybody at nickel— Steve Nelson (@Nelson_Island) March 1, 2020
That 40 ain’t everything I mean obviously you can’t be dirt slow but hey I’ll take a guy that can play ball and take constructive criticism anyday. #secondnature— Steve Nelson (@Nelson_Island) March 1, 2020
I get emotional around this combine shit every year lol I worked my ass to get into the combine and played in senior bowl— Steve Nelson (@Nelson_Island) March 1, 2020
Me and my agent get a kick out of all the guys that was taken ahead of me not even in the league no more ! So you wanna take height weight and speed huh lol oh don’t forget big school lol built diff Jones no prep school kid jack— Steve Nelson (@Nelson_Island) March 1, 2020
Nelson’s words certainly should be heeded by the masses when it comes to the Combine. There is a long list of players who performed well at the Combine, but never panned out in the NFL. The same can be said about players who didn’t perform well at the Combine, or weren’t even invited, but turned into tremendous players.
The fact of this is the Combine likely doesn’t weigh a ton when it comes to player evaluation. NFL scouting departments will look at game film, interviews with players, combine workouts as well as Pro Day meetings/workouts. Add all that up and you get a pretty good feel for the prospect.
But you can’t tell that to the major media outlets who are churning out Winners and Losers articles the day after the Combine concluded. Nelson speaks the truth when it comes to the Combine, and is refreshing to see someone who has been there and done that give their perspective on the spectacle that has become the NFL Scouting Combine.