Imagine doing a task that's similar to what the job actually is and then not getting an opportunity because you didn't perform well despite proving you're worthy actually doing the job at a lower level. The combine's critics say it is 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 they were never meant to quantify.
Critics say the numbers are given more meaning than they actually have. Supporters act as though a player's performance at the NFL Scouting Combine gives some major insight, but it doesn't. The goalposts 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.
Supporters of the combine admit the annual player evaluation camp has become a made-for-TV event, but they argue it's still an important source of information. The NFL Scouting Combine gives teams and scouts insight on how a player performs under pressure with all eyes on them. Athletes are given time to prepare and if they can thrive in their one shot at a drill, you can surmise they can handle the pressure.
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.