Bill Belichick: NFL Combine training hurts draft prospects

The NFL Scouting Combine is just around the corner and there is always the question of who will be given too much hype after a good showing at the event. It happens every year where a third or fourth round projection boosts his stock up to the late first round or early second and teams end up taking a chance on a player that doesn’t really perform that well.

There has always been a “buyer beware” mentality for NFL teams following the Combine, but it seems like New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has a different mindset. He thinks the prospects should be careful of their preparations for the Combine.

Earlier this year, he talked about how these players preparing for the Combine by doing workouts specific for the Combine drills is unnecessary. Belichick believes that these players should focus on doing football-specific training as opposed to Combine workouts.

“I think that’s a huge mistake that a lot of those players make, but I’m sure they have their reasons for doing it,” Belichick said, per the New England Sports Network. “We’re training our players to play football, not to go through a bunch of those February drills. Yeah, our training is football intensive. We train them to get ready to play and ultimately that’s what they’re going to do. Maybe for some of those guys another activity in between or a pro day or whatever it is, but in the end, they’re going to make their career playing football. We already know that with our guys, and we don’t have to deal with any of that other stuff. We just train them for football. I think it’s huge.”

Belichick seems to make a lot of sense as a lot of the prospects put too much focus on having a good forty time rather than wanting to improve their skills on the field.

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