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March 1, 2014
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Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - One of the best things about the annual NFL Scouting Combine is getting unfiltered access to the prospects themselves.

So much of NFL football is based on pure physical ability, but the things that set the truly great ones apart tend to be the intangibles -- things like work ethic, maturity and leadership skills.

For instance, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning just put together the greatest statistical season in NFL history, but if he showed up in Indianapolis as a 22-year-old kid with the same physical skills he possesses right now, Manning likely wouldn't even be regarded as a draftable commodity.

But, a stopwatch can't measure ambition, desire or hunger. Pure brute strength can't mask a low football IQ, and short-area quickness means little without an instinct for the game.

And that's why, in the end, the NFL Draft is really just a crapshoot, a snapshot in time of a glorified educated guess.

READ MORE: http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=nfl/writers/extrapoints/archive/extrapoints_022814.htm


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