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Draft prospect hopes better eyes lead to better hands

The most important part of the NFL scouting combine isn’t the ability for coaches and scouts to watch players working out in their underwear. It’s the ability for team doctors to poke and prod players in their underwear.

Most of the time, teams want to ensure that college injuries won’t affect a player’s ability to perform in the NFL. But in the case of Arizona State wide receiver Chris McGaha, the medical exams had a different benefit.

Alex Marvez of reports that McGaha learned he had 20/60 eyesight from taking the vision test at the combine (which presumably comes before players strip down to their underwear), and as a result he had Lasik surgery that improved his vision to 20/15.

“It will finally be nice to actually see the ball he’s catching and not that brown blur he has been so accustomed to over the past couple of seasons,” McGaha’s agent, Kenny Zuckerman, said.

It’s not clear why the folks at Arizona State didn’t think to test McGaha’s vision, but if better eyes lead to better hands, McGaha may have become a better pro prospect thanks to the combine eye exam.

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12 Responses to “Draft prospect hopes better eyes lead to better hands”
  1. stiller43 says: Mar 6, 2010 12:59 PM

    Well, a similar test and resulting corrective lenses really helped Limas Sweed become the man in Pittsburgh.

  2. aqua says: Mar 6, 2010 1:14 PM

    Troy Williamson guarantees success.

  3. ItalianStallion says: Mar 6, 2010 1:15 PM

    Well, it didn’t work for Troy Williamson. Then again, I don’t think anything would have.

  4. aec4 says: Mar 6, 2010 1:19 PM

    Can someone relay this to Braylon Edwards please?

  5. ar1888 says: Mar 6, 2010 1:20 PM

    Ask Troy Williamson how much it improved his game.

  6. shannscott2000 says: Mar 6, 2010 1:26 PM

    Are you a-holes gonna blame this one on Urban Meyer, too?
    This guy’s coaches didn’t even prepare him for a vision test!

  7. FalconDevil says: Mar 6, 2010 1:55 PM

    Check out this catch:

    Probably the sweetest catch I have ever seen. NOW imagine if he could see the ball!!!

  8. Advo says: Mar 6, 2010 2:08 PM

    Tiger Woods is the most noted example of laser surgery helping improve a player’s game.
    I wonder if McGaha was shy about telling this problem to anyone. I was like that and it really affected my schooling, but I was around 12 at the time – not in college.

  9. Ron says: Mar 6, 2010 2:21 PM

    Get Ted Ginn to an Eye doctor proto
    then to see the Wizard for some courage

  10. alewatcher says: Mar 6, 2010 3:18 PM

    Funny he never noticed it in the classroom.

  11. Peoples Champ says: Mar 6, 2010 3:21 PM

    Question of the day: Who has better hands? Braylon Edwards, Troy Williamson, Ted Ginn, or Roy Williams?

  12. sandy70 says: Mar 6, 2010 3:29 PM

    Unless Lasik made him 6’3″, or shaved .10 off his 40 time, it isn’t going to help his draft status.
    Sorry to be a killjoy.

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