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Bills Must Not Fall For the Illusion of the Combine

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If I were to amass a team based on the combine it would be a disaster.  For every Joe Flacco there is an Aaron Maybin and for every Cordy Glenn there is a Mike Williams (remember that mess?).  The participants are obviously very refined in their determination to score well in Indianapolis, but are they training for football or for the drills they are participating? Below I give two examples of athletes that have scored well at the combine, but proceed with caution come draft day.

I submit to you: Logan Thomas, quarterback, Virginia Tech.  This guy is far and away putting up the best numbers of any quarterback at the combine.  Do you want Logan Thomas under center on your football team?  He is a converted tight end and has the physical stature to match.  His numbers are through the roof in every category, but did you see him in the Alabama game?

Submission number two: Jerick McKinnon, running back, Georgia Southern.  This kid ran a 4.41, had 32 reps on the bench and his vertical was over 40 inches. McKinnon stats jump out at you, but he is nothing more than a practice squad player.  He has small hands, short arms and, at best, is a third down back.  

As great as it is to see how physically fast and strong some of these guys are in these drills, it doesn’t translate onto the football field.  These guys are doing their best to elevate their draft status in these activities.  The Bills need to be careful not to end up enamored with the stats as it takes years to recover from a misplaced first rounder.The Bills had a very good draft last year.  If they can repeat in 2014, they will finally be taking steps forward to that end that playoff drought.  What do you think, are either of these players a late round flyer?

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