As much as the NFL wants its scouting process to be a fool-proof science, it isn’t.
Players who have great performances during the Scouting Combine can still end up having disappointing careers.
Likewise, some players who either fell in the later rounds of the draft or those who went undrafted had successful stints.
Therefore, game tapes and metrics only tell part of the story.
After all, the best ones perform well when the lights are bright and the pressure is high.
That said, Pro Days might not mean much, as ESPN’s NFL analyst Mina Kimes pointed out.
me: pro days don’t mean anything, their throwing against air, don’t overreact
also me watching Malik Willis launch 65 yarders with ease: pic.twitter.com/Od86DgP4Xs
— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) March 22, 2022
What Are Pro Days Really For?
Seriously, what do Pro Days emphasize that game tapes don’t?
Universities organize these events to improve their player’s chances of getting drafted.
After earning much money out of their service, the least they could do is to put them in a position to earn millions of dollars.
That’s why Pro Days are comprised of heavily controlled drills that showcase the prospect’s talent.
If it’s a quarterback like Malik Willis or Kenny Pickett, the one running the process will select certain throws that will make the player look good.
However, the big question is if they can complete the same throws while a defensive end is coming for them.
Can they make the same plays when 60,000 people are watching a postseason game?
The most Pro Days can confirm are flaws in the player’s mechanics.
But those flaws can be forgiven if he constantly leads the team to victory.
Likewise, that’s why coaches are also there to correct their motion.