Commentary

Combine rumors dogging big names

Pro day results moving other players up the draft board

Originally Published: April 9, 2009
By Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl | Scouts Inc.
The conclusion of pro day workouts in early April always seems to bring with it a calm-before-the-storm feeling as most scouts migrate back to team facilities and front offices start to firm up their draft boards. Countless hours of evaluating game film, all-star games, combine workouts and pro day numbers have begun wrapping up and the hay is in the barn.

Teams must now target prospects who they feel best fit their draft strategies and devise a game plan for any and all scenarios that could unfold on draft weekend. This is not a true "dead period", though, and some interesting story lines are unfolding as we head for the homestretch.

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Steve Muench played four years of Division I-AA football before joining Scouts Inc. in 2002. He has evaluated both NFL and college players for Scouts Inc., but his current focus is on the NFL draft.