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Countdown to Combine: Talent Aplenty

Posted by Chris Herting on February 21, 2013 – 5:37 pm


The National Football League has invited 333 players to participate in this year’s combine in Indianapolis. Last year 328 players were invited to attend and a majority of those players were drafted in the 2012 NFL Draft. Click here for the complete list of 2013 invitees.

Whether it is at a Pro Day or the NFL Combine, players eligible for the draft will be tested on size, strength, speed and knowledge and graded on their performances.

The often scrutinized Wonderlic test is just one of the many examinations that college athletes are asked to complete during the arduous, yet necessary, draft process.

The Wonderlic score is based on a 12-minute, 50 question test (just for fun, ESPN.com has an abbreviated version of the Wonderlic test if you want to see how you stack up against the pros).

For the athletes, the April draft represents the means to an end, a culmination of one long and drawn out job interview after 20-plus years of work and determination.

The players will be tested in seven different categories at the combine which are listed below: Read more »

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New Test Measures How Players Learn

Posted by Stephen Czarda on February 21, 2013 – 5:31 pm

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As the 333 players invited to the NFL Scouting Combine start to trickle into Indy, all 32 teams are flocking to Lucas Oil Stadium to assess the talented class. They hoped to receive enough insight on the field that they will have thoroughly scouted all prospects before landing their next prized draft selection this April at the 2013 NFL Draft.

While the Combine evaluates talent through vigorous physical examinations such as the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, and the three-cone drill, one test has often been brought into the spotlight that has nothing to do with playing ability.

The Wonderlic Test.

The Wonderlic was originally brought into the fold to investigate how prospects function under a controlled, pressure-packed 12 minute examination and how it translates to the football field. However, in recent years, the intelligence test has become heavily scrutinized by fans and league officials alike.

While the Wonderlic will still be administered to the 2013 Scouting Combine class, the league is introducing a new aptitude test: the Player Assessment Tool (PAT).

The Player Assessment Tool will measure prospects based on their strengths, aptitudes, and learning styles.

Now before you say “Hey that sounds like the same thing as the Wonderlic!” find out how the test differs from the much-maligned examination:

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Throwback Thursday: DT Dean Hamel

Posted by Christopher Mudd on February 21, 2013 – 5:17 pm

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Throwback Thursday focuses on a former Redskins player–heralded or otherwise–that made an impact on his burgundy and gold squad. This week, we look at Dean Hamel, a Redskins defensive tackle from 1985-1988. Here is a snapshot of his career:

On a December 1st afternoon in 1985 Joe Montana and the defending Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers rolled into Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium to take on the Washington Redskins.

In the second quarter, Redskins’ rookie defensive tackle Dean Hamel made a career higlighting play. Backed up in his own end zone, 49ers quarterback Joe Montana dropped back looking to pass down field.

Battling in the trenches, Hamel found himself with no offensive lineman in front of him and a clear path to the quarterback. Hamel sprinted towards Montana, and dove at him, going for the sack.

Montana, reacting to Hamel, threw the ball away and was flagged for intentional grounding.  The Redskins were awarded a safety, making the score 7-5 San Francisco. Unfortunately for the Redskins, they would only score another field goal that day and fall to the 49ers 35-8.

The loss was just Hamel’s fourth career game in the National Football League. He finished his rookie season having started in the Redskins’ final eight games, racking up 67 tackles and six sacks.

A defensive tackle from the University of Tulsa, Hamel was drafted 309th overall in the 12th round of the 1985 draft.

He went on to play for the Redskins for three more years, until he was traded after the 1988 season to the Dallas Cowboys.

Throughout his four seasons as a member of the burgundy and gold, Hamel tallied 12.5 sacks.

Hamel was a member of the Redskins 1987 Super Bowl Championship team that defeated the Denver Broncos 42-10.

After being traded to the Dallas Cowboys, Hamel played for three more seasons in Dallas before injuries forced him into early retirement.




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