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Need to Know: What will Redskins GM McCloughan look for at the NFL Combine?

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Need to Know: What will Redskins GM McCloughan look for at the NFL Combine?

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 6, 12 days before the Washington Redskins and the rest of the NFL assemble in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine.

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Today’s question is from Twitter:

Before addressing this, I should mention that I will be covering the NFL Combine from Indianapolis starting February 17. I’m still in the planning stages but expect a lot of information about players the Redskins might be interested in (which, as I noted here, could be just about any player in the draft pool).

Anyway, I’ll be there mostly to talk to draft prospects and that probably is what Scot McCloughan plans to do a lot of as well. He talked about what he’s looking for during player interviews a few weeks ago while he was at the Senior Bowl.

“You’ve got them for 10, 15, 20, 30 minutes,” he told reporters in Mobile. “It’s great just to start the whole portfolio. You see the talent on tape, but to see the person – what really drives him and the passion and competitiveness, what they’ve overcome in their life, what’s the family situation is like.  So, yeah, it’s just building the whole package”

And to answer your primary question, Hap, film does give a much better idea of what a player can do for a team than does running the 40, bench pressing, and the short shuttle.

“I think game tape is the DNA. That’s it,” McCloughan said at his introductory press conference. “You don’t play in T-shirts and shorts. All these kids nowadays get these speed trainers and nutritionists prior to the combine and I don’t blame them, if it gets them more money it gets them more money. I always go back to the tape. I have to. That’s the way I was taught.”

Some teams use the data from the combine more than others do. The Raiders are notorious for drafting based heavily on combine 40 times and other results from the artificial turn inside the domed stadium.. It sounds like McCloughan is on the other end of the spectrum.

Some teams might use combine results as a tiebreaker between two players or as a small percentage of their overall grades. It varies. But don’t believe it when the draft analysts say that a player is shooting up or down the draft board due to his results in the bench press or in the three-cone drill. They just aren’t that important.

But getting to know the prospects is important and that will be the focus of the Redskins’ new GM.

Timeline

—It’s been 40 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 221 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL free agency starts 32; Redskins offseason workouts start 73; 2015 NFL Draft 84

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