DENVER (Parlay Game) – More than 330 of the top college footballers are gathering in Indianapolis this week for the annual NFL tandem, where they will be stung and pushed, timed and tested, questioned and questioned.
All players who will be drafted in April are not on the invitation list.
The combine simply can not accommodate all deserving candidates, and some potential candidates will end up in the teams' projects with their impressive daily professional performance or private team training sessions in the coming weeks.
The iconic example of the inaccurate science of which players will succeed in the pros is that the Super Bowl 53 featured 30 players not yet on the player list. Patriots of New England (16) and Los Angeles Rams (14)
More than a third of the 300 players and more invited to the combo last year was not drafted, while 38 players did not go there.
Among them were P.J. Hall, a defensive tackle from Sam Houston State who was drafted by Oakland in the second round, and two players from Southern Miss: back defender Tavarius Moore, a 49ers"Third round, and the half Ito Smith, a fourth round pick by Atlanta.
It's understandable that Lindsay has fries on both shoulders, one to go without being invited to the combine and the other for not being completely crushed, and he thinks he's had a lot to do with each other.
"Oh yes, it's disrespectful, but it kindled my fire and brought me here where I am today," said Lindsay. "Maybe I was not there. not supposed to go to the combine. "
Angry that John Elway used a seventh round pick Arkansas return David Williams, including the number of careers over four years at Razorbacks did not even add to Lindsay's statistics, the Colorado native almost took the Ravens of Baltimore"Offer before calling back and accepting Broncos& # 39; proposal.
"But I'm going to win the first job," Lindsay said while hanging up his new employer, swearing to beat Williams, third-round pick. Royce Freemanholder Devontae Booker, and any other person they bring.
At 5 feet 8 inches, Lindsay was used to the role of the underdog. He was therefore ready to put his immeasurable attributes such as desire and jostling against any bench press, ground shot or vertical jump.
"It is important to me," Lindsay said. "It's about not staying here and letting people identify you as something. They sit here and tell you that's who you are. How can anyone tell you who it is who you are? That's why it's fun for these commentators to tell you he's playing this trick or not doing it, he's not doing it.
"We're not here to criticize the way they talk on TV, and often what they're talking about is stupid."
Lindsay had 1,037 yards and nine touchdowns. Only a wrist injury prevented him from breaking the 1,104-yard Dominic Rhodes record for the non-recruited half-francs set in 2001.
Remarkable players who are not among the 338 guests at Indy this year include Nebraska Devine Ozigbo, receiver of Georgia, Penny Hart, Utah, Darwin Thompson, Cincinnati Defensive tackle Cortez Broughton and North Carolina receiver Anthony Ratliff-Williams.
Lindsay wants each of them to have a rookie season as he did. He is proud to serve as an example for all this year's farewells.
"For me, I would say to everyone that the combine is cute. It's something you go in and put on some pants and let them weigh you down and all that, "Lindsay said. "Do not worry about that. If this is meant to be, this is supposed to be. And that's all.
"The combine is not necessary. The combine is just something that someone has assembled for … I do not know. I was not part of the combine, so I could not tell you. "