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Combine provides unique access to draft class

Combine provides unique access to draft class

The NFL Scouting Combine is an annual cattle call of talent from the college game for NFL coaches, scouts and front offices to probe, examine and interview. While some might think that teams would have plenty of information on the players from game film, the Combine is a chance for teams to get that little something extra that might help them make a decision whether or not to draft a player.

When one looks at the successful franchises in the NFL, almost to a team they have been built through the draft. Although trades and free-agent signings can provide players that help a team get over the top and succeed – quarterbacks Brett Favre, Drew Brees and Kurt Warner have been recent NFC testaments to that – by and large, the core of a successful franchise consists of players that were...

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