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I did however have an interesting conversation on the last podcast with Chris from Draft Daddy in respects to the combine results trumping the results a player can have on the field. If I were a NFL GM (hey I could do a better job than Matt Millen), I would take more stock in what I saw on the field in game condition more than some drills. Yes it is important to show off your speed and agility, but seeing it on the field is more important in my opinion.
ESPN's Bruce Feldman gives his top 10 scouting cliche's that I am sure you heard a ton of times already on the NFL Network.
Purdue came into the season with one of the top senior quarterbacks in the country with Curtis Painter. Well we all know what happened, Purdue had a bad season, and Painter was benched a few times. Painter, along with a few other Boilermakers, took part in the NFL Combine last weekend. And out of all of them, running back Kori Sheets came out as the most impressive. Sheets ran a 4.47 40-yard dash, which was good enough to put him in the top 3 for running backs. We've talked a lot about the physical tests that can make or break an NFL Prospect, but let's not forget that the teams are allowed to interview these players also.
Over at The Quad, they have an interesting piece about a few of the players and their experience at the combine as well as some of the interviews they went through.
Enough about the combine for right now. Let's look ahead to next season for a second...the time is closing in and we are only 6 months away. Wow, that seems like such a long time, but not too long to look at the top 10 out of conference games for 2009. The number one game should be no surprise, it is when Southern Cal comes east to play Ohio State.
I want to end this article on a non-football note. As many of you know I am a Penn State fan. Last weekend, the students of Penn State had what they call THON. THON is a completely student run philanthropy, largest student-run philanthropy in the world. It is a yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. Since 1977, THON has raised more than $59 million for The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Children's Hospital. I'm happy to say that not only did I contribute to that fund, but I personally know a few of the students who danced in THON. This year alone the students at Penn State raised $7,490,133.87 for the Four Diamonds Fund. A special thank you goes out to all that have contributed, you should know that you will make a difference in someone's life.