2012 Combine Tale Of The Tape For Guards And Centers: Making Sense Of The Numbers
...The first step in looking at the numbers for guards and centers is to understand what NFL teams are looking for. Gil Brandt last year published a set of target test results for Combine measurements. Here are the numbers for the interior linemen.
Drill Significance Guards/Centers
40-yard dash Speed over distance 5.3
10-yard split (40) Initial quickness 1.85
225-pound bench press reps Upper body strength 26
Vertical jump Explosiveness, leg strength 30
Broad jump Explosiveness, leg strength 8-6
20-yard shuttle Flexibility, burst, balance 4.55
3-cone drill Agility, change of direction 7.85
The first step in any assessment of Combine performances is to try to figure out whether the players you're looking at meet these requirements. This is a very basic tick-the-box exercise. You'll usually only have a handful of prospects who meet every single target, and teams vary in the importance they place on each measurable, but the less of these targets a prospects hits, the less attractive he becomes to NFL teams...
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