The Combine's critics say it's a useless event because the drills do not indicate how a player would play on the field. It's a bunch of arbitrary tests that owners and number crunchers pretend are important.
Since the drills themselves tell you nothing from an objective football standpoint, you make the drills stand-ins for something the they were never meant to quantify.
Critics say the numbers are given more meaning than they actually have. Proponents act as though a player's performance at the Combine gives some major insight, but it doesn't. The goal posts for the Combine keep moving until it's ultimately pointless.
Suddenly the bench press at the NFL Combine isn't about judging strength, it's about judging "work ethic" — which is actually more important than strength.
Proponents of the Combine admit the event has become a made-for-TV event, but they argue it's still an important source of information. The Combine gives teams and scouts insight on how a player performs under pressure and off the field. The event also lets teams find out about a player's personality in an environment the team can control, the health of prospective draft picks, and how players react under pressure from the media.
The Combine at its best is an information-gathering session, more so than a full-scale evaluation of talent. Although it needs some changes, there are still five good reasons why it works well for every team in the NFL.