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| How to read the player charts |
|Many of the country's top prospects don't participate in the NFL's combine, held each spring in Indianapolis. Some players think they can only damage their prospects. Some hold their own workouts, usually on campus.|
40 -- 40-yard run (in seconds). Some NFL teams believe this is the most important test run in Indy. The 40 is more than the finishing time (which usually is an average of the two 40s the player runs at the combine). While players are running the 40 -- no rocking at the start, please -- they're also timed over 10 yards and 20 yards. The times show how explosive a player is off the line and how he maintains it. The 10s and 20s are critical for a lot of players -- linemen need to get off the line as quickly as wide receivers. But the finishing times show if a player is in shape, which relates to dedication and character. A burning speed can make the difference between a high-rounder and an also-ran.
Grade -- This is the Ourlads' Scouting Services player rating. The higher the number, the better-rated the player. Ratings are expressed on a scale of 1-10 and are calculated to slot players based on their perceived value as NFL players. The ratings are based on Ourlads' player evaluations and rank a player within his position. The grade also has the function of stacking players when all positions are mixed together. For players who can fill multiple positions, the rating is based upon the primary position.