…okay, not “live” but it is on my TV. I love the NFL’s Scouting Combine. It’s a fascinating look at the inner workings of the NFL. If you are not familiar with the Combine, it’s essentially an opportunity for players to showcase their talents and abilities in front of coaches, scouts, and GMs before the Draft. Players are run through various drills and tests, have their bodies measured, poked, and prodded, and partake in interviews and IQ tests.
My personal favorite is when the Offensive Linemen run their drills. By appearance alone, these guys look like they should be sitting on a couch with a remote in one hand, scratching their balls with the other, and a bag of Doritos resting on their massive bellies. Then, you watch them run the 40 yard dash in 5 seconds, race around in agility drills and make 40 reps lifting more than 200 pounds. Wow. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Offensive Linemen… it’s an All-Guts, No Glory position. They are in the trenches all game, they rarely receive the spotlight but without them, even the best QBs, receivers, and running backs would be nothing.
Yesterday, the Combine analysts were discussing how massive these guys are. One of the offensive linemen trying out had arms that measure 39 1/2 inches long. HOLY SHIT! I had to pull out a tape measure and, low and behold, this guy’s arms are longer than my legs. I’m fairly short, but no matter… those are some freakin’ long arms.
While watching the Combine, I always try to remember a player or two and watch where he is drafted and his progress throughout the following season. I’m never able to remember. This year, I believe I might be able to, with one special guy named Manny Ramirez. I thought my dad was joking when he said, “Hey look, there’s Manny Ramirez!” I thought he was cracking a joke about the Red Sox very own, Manny, being anywhere BUT Spring Training. Nope, he’s an entirely different guy. How funny would it be for the Patriots to draft him… we could have Dueling Mannys!
In Patriots’ news, Corey Dillon decided he no longer wants to be a Patriots. When he initially said he wanted to retire, I knew that was complete bullshit. Corey Dillon is not the type of guy who’s going share the spotlight with some youngin’.
I’m not too sad to see him go. Aside from his first year here, he hasn’t really done much of anything, besides a lot of dancing and making some critical fumbles. When discussing Dillon’s role on the team, Boston Herald’s Mike Felger said it best…“His work is already done.” Bye, Corey!
So, where will he go now? Oakland?