In just a few hours, the wheels will be up for the ESPN Boston team on our way to Indianapolis, marking this scribe’s first forage to the NFL’s scouting combine as a member of the media.
But it won’t be my first time at the combine. I was last in Indianapolis in 2010 while working for the Kansas City Chiefs’ scouting department.
The event was an important part of our pre-draft evaluations, but it extended beyond the aspects that have become popularized (and televised). While a day at the combine involves attending the various on-field and weight room workouts of the players, it is often at night when the most impactful evaluations are made in interviewing the players, both in an individual and group manner.
There are two separate venues where player interviews take place and two entirely different formats.
Four years later, the former Chiefs general manager finds himself back on the market after failing at his two most important tasks: finding a quarterback and a head coach. Pioli has opted to sign on with SiriusXM NFL Radio, FoxSports.com reported Wednesday, rather than re-join Belichick in New England or team up with best friend Thomas Dimitroff with the Atlanta Falcons.
Pioli will begin providing analysis during this week’s NFL Scouting Combine and will appear on various SiriusXM NFL shows throughout the year. He also has signed on with NFL Network to provide analysis leading up to the NFL draft.
Take a good look at that list. A regime change always means lots of changes. It means a new coach may not recognize the leadership skills Studebaker brings. Or he may not be a fan of the Chiefs secondary. Or, as we’ve already seen, may not like a certain receiver or tight end on the roster. Big changes are coming either way — the money will just help make those decisions quicker.
1. Kansas City Chiefs – Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M – A lot of Andy Reid’s success in Philadelphia was tied to quarterback Donovan McNabb, but Mayock doesn’t think there is a signal-caller worthy of being the No. 1 overall pick in this cycle.
“I’m a big believer in value,” Mayock said earlier this week. “If you have a top 10 pick, you want an All-Pro at some point. If you look at (West Virginia quarterback) Geno Smith, he could be a top 10 pick in some people’s eyes. Now for me, he and (Southern California signal-caller) Matt Barkley to me are more like 20 to 32. That’s where I feel more comfortable.”
So who’s worthy of being a No. 1?