Weights and Measures

The 2011 NFL Scouting Combine begins tomorrow in Indianapolis. This event is to the boy world what beauty pageants are to the babe world. More or less, with less being very much the favorite.

Except for a few Pro Days, the Combine is the final event in the Scouting Season. For the scouted upon, this is the last chance to get some stock, raise one’s stock, or lose some stock. This event could easily be called the NFL Stock Market. Jim Harbaugh, Trent Baalke, and the entire 49er coaching staff will be in attendance, getting an up close and personal look at this year’s crop of talent.Some people who like to be snide refer to this event as the Meat Market. The Beefcake Bowl. These terms imply that these draft prospects are similar to blonds. Nothing upstairs, serious good stuff in the middle, and … we won’t get into the rest of the torso areas. After all, who cares about feet? Other than Rex Ryan and his wife.

Mike Singletary fans will see their hero attending this event. He will be sitting at the top of the stadium getting the big picture. From God’s viewpoint. You can’t really learn anything about these players from up in the nosebleed seats, but Mike is not there to learn; he’s there to pose. This technique of omnipotence worked like a charm a year ago, but then the 2010 season came along and 49er fans experienced your basic Wizard of Oz moment when Toto topples the throne room screen and discovers that the Wizard is just an old guy who’s lost.

The event that most triggers falling or rising stock will be the 40 yard dash. This is where WRs, DBs, and RBs get separated by hundreds of a second. A 4.34 time will get you a ticket to the top of your draft round and a 4.99 will sink you to the bottom. Why a forty yard dash, instead of a hundred yard dash? Acceleration. You gotta have it in the NFL. Instant speed versus closing speed.

Some people may scoff at the difference between a 4.34 and a 4.44. One tenth of a second. Get real. But it is real. The next time you see a WR a yard ahead of a CB on a pass route, you can snap your fingers and go, “There’s that one tenth of a second.” The vital yard of separation.

QBs will draw a lot of oohs and aahs, but their stock has already been pretty much set in stone by their play during the previous collegiate season and the bowl games. Everyone else will be measured and tested.

All the players will get shrunk, too. As in psychiatric profiling. You’d think these kids were applying for a job with the CIA with all this in depth probing, but it’s much more serious than that.

All in all, it’s a deadly serious week for scouts, coaches, and players, but a super fun week for depraved individuals known as Draftniks. The all time champion nerd draftnik that this scribbler has witnessed was a fellow on the Insider a few years back named BigDiggyD. This tortured individual was actually a pretty fun guy, but his attempts to put his spreadsheet, with his own personal rating system for each and every player in the draft, into the little comment box was a definite occasion of brutal eye strain. The unfriendly zoo-like nature of the Insider drove BigDiggy away after two years, but we salute him here. Somewhere in Texas, this guy is wetting his drawers today, and will be glued to the Combine all five days.

As will many of you, I might add.

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8 comments on “Weights and Measures
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    This is the week Baalke uses his bailiwick to his fullest. The board should be at least 90% done by now, heck probably more like 95%, but this week is when most final adjustments are made, with the final adjustments coming on pro days and visits to Santa Clara.
    My friend NJ loves to play Jr GM. I kind of like it too. Put many others that read these blogs in the same basket (case) as NJ and myself. It usually takes 2 to 3 years to find out if we are right but what the heck, it is NFL football brother!

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think the 20 or 30 yard dash would be better than a 40. This is more what is run during a game. For linemen it would be the 5 or 10 yard dash. I’ve noticed in recent years the splits are timed at 10 yard intervals. Since this info is available I’m very OK with the 40 being the standard.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I would guess the 40 yard times would be helpful in terms of special teams players, which a lot of these guys will be.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    PFT just posted some comments from Mike Mayock inre to the 40 yd dash and CBs at the combine.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    He’s always stealing my stuff. lol.

  6. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Dontay Moch O/U 4.33? I read somewhere that the Nevada track where he ran the 4.25 is considered a “fast track.” You know anything about that Berger?

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Yes, he ran a 4.19 and 4.24. It was during Nevada’s pro day last year and he was being timed by pro scouts.

  8. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger I’m lobbying for LBs and Defense this April.

    2 later Rd LBs I’m certain on right now are Bruce Miller/UCF and Adrian Moten/MD, both are at the Combine.

    Curious about S Dom DeCicco/Pitt too, but he’s not there.

    I’m still skunked on what Fangio looks for at CB and NT, but I’ll speculate on what I’d do.

    My QBs are set also.

    Stanzi/Devlin/McElroy seem to be the best fits for a WCO, but Jim and Trent will know better.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
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12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
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2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
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