Mike Vrabel on the Combine: “Ultimately the résumé is the film”

Getty Images

Titans coach Mike Vrabel has been at the Scouting Combine as a player, an assistant coach and now as a head coach, but his view of it is the same.

Vrabel told PFT Live that he’s always believed the Combine is a small part of the overall evaluation of a player, and that the overwhelming majority of an evaluation should be based on his game film.

“I can empathize with those players and what they go through, the nitpicking that goes on. Ultimately the résumé is the film,” Vrabel said. “Can the guy go out there and play?”

The Combine is useful — all 32 NFL teams wouldn’t send their coaches and personnel people to Indianapolis if it weren’t — but it’s nowhere near as useful a tool in evaluating future professional players as seeing what kind of college football players they were.

10 responses to “Mike Vrabel on the Combine: “Ultimately the résumé is the film”

  1. The combine is as much about being a sort of general in-house trade conference, but a player can still use it to talk or dope themselves out of being drafted.

  2. “I can empathize with those players and what they go through, the nitpicking that goes on. Ultimately the résumé is the film,” Vrabel said. “Can the guy go out there and play?”
    ==========================

    One problem – many college superstars also bust out at the NFL level. So there’s also something else other than just college stats that had to be evaluated.

    And then you also have late bloomers – players like Tom Brady that was pretty pedrestrian in college that find the magic in the NFL.

  3. In 2013 Demontre Moore was a top 10 pick in every mock draft until the combine. His measurables were bad. He fell to round 3 and has been a bust who has bounced around the league ever since. If not for the combine he would have likely been drafted very high.

  4. Thank you Mike Vrabel. I know we’re lacking stories but the Combine is boring and I am pretty sure it has low correlation to performance in the league. I know it has comparatively less value than say….years of film.

  5. This is how every GM and scout thinks as well. The media loves the combine because we love football but in the end the draft boards are pretty much set.

  6. therealraider says:
    February 28, 2019 at 10:17 am
    In 2013 Demontre Moore was a top 10 pick in every mock draft until the combine. His measurables were bad. He fell to round 3 and has been a bust who has bounced around the league ever since. If not for the combine he would have likely been drafted very high.

    —————————

    Mock draft boards aren’t the same as the draft boards used by GMs and scouts. It is very likely that Moore was never a 1st round pick by those on the inside and the media doing their mock draft had no idea. There is a a reason we pay the GM the big bucks and the media guy gets a fraction of that to make his little board.

  7. pensfan1 says:
    February 28, 2019 at 6:34 am
    But the combine interview is useful to see what kind of man they are.

    ———————-

    Do you really think you can determine what kind of man they are from a 20-30 minute interview? Especially with the clown questions these GMs ask designed to elicit a negative response? Somehow these GMs think that’s how they will act under the pressure of an NFL game. So stupid. Maybe it’s better to see what kind of man the GM is.

  8. akira1971 says:
    February 28, 2019 at 8:54 am
    “I can empathize with those players and what they go through, the nitpicking that goes on. Ultimately the résumé is the film,” Vrabel said. “Can the guy go out there and play?”
    ==========================

    One problem – many college superstars also bust out at the NFL level. So there’s also something else other than just college stats that had to be evaluated.

    And then you also have late bloomers – players like Tom Brady that was pretty pedrestrian in college that find the magic in the NFL.

    ——————

    You don’t need film to see the stats. The film tells you the substance behind those stats. Is it perfect? Nope. But it’s about the most useful tool they have.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!