Can you imagine what it’s like to be prodded, measured, tested, scrutinized and talked about for an entire week in Indianapolis, Indiana. No I’m not talking about the 4H pig contest at the Indiana State Fair, I’m talking about the NFL Combine.
Since 1982 coaches, scouts, trainers, doctors, psychiatrists and the media have put the spotlight on college football players hoping for a shot in the National Football League. It’s like having your job interview times ten while also having everyone in the world see the results.
I can see it now. “Tony would make a really good salesperson for us but his 40 yard dash is a little slow, he hesitated when we asked him if he still reads comic books and frankly he wasn’t that impressive in the Wonderlic test.”
That by the way is formerly known as a cognitive ability test. It tests the aptitude of perspective employees.
This year 330 college players have been invited to the combine, 77 of them underclassmen. A quick breakdown shows that 15 quarterbacks are at the combine and 58 wide receivers. Let’s face it a lot of teams are desperate for a quarterback. Just ask fans in San Francisco and Cleveland. The Seahawks don’t have that problem and won’t for at least a few years. They do have other problems or issues as we’ll call them here.
Needed in Seattle for the Seahawks to return to a Super Bowl are the following. At least one and maybe multiple offensive lineman. Easier said than done. There are not too many over the top offensive lineman in the draft this year and it’s been that way for a few years.
The Seahawk also need depth at cornerback. There was a time when Richard Sherman was the third string corner behind Marcus Trufant and Walter Thurmond. He’s been a star for years now but he needs back up help, especially with DeShawn Shead likely to miss all of training camp and part of the regular season. Back up help at safety would be helpful. Earl Thomas will be back and so will Kam Chancellor but they need back ups and they need them now.
It wouldn’t hurt for the Seahawks to draft a wide receiver. By the end of the season they were very thin in that area due to key injuries.
So as fans we all have our wish list. Now it’s up to the coaches and scouts to comb the combine, see what they like and work their magic in the draft and free agent signings on the final night of the draft.