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So, An NFL Prospect Jumps Out Of A Pool

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 20, 2014 – 6:52 pm

Brock Coyle

Author’s Update: This is not a story about an undeserving NFL prospect. This is a post about a prospect that has not yet gotten the media spotlight he deserves, playing at an FCS school (Gil Brandt notwithstanding). The point here is that strength and agility are great skills for players to have. Jumping out of a pool is not.

The NFL Scouting Combine is all about making a favorable impression in front of 32 potential employers. That process starts months in advance and includes training with self-appointed Draft experts like Coach Tom Shaw.

These camps put the prospects under the microscope on the field, in the interview room and training to do the gauntlet of drills they will be subjected to at the Combine.

The atmosphere is dripping with competition.That means, that even in recreational times–like clowning around the pool–somebody needs to do it better than everybody else.

That was the policy of University of Montana Grizzlies linebacker Brock Coyle, who knows that it isn’t always easy for D-1 FCS prospects to stand out. Instead, they better jump out…of the pool. Watch the pure machismo, frame-by-frame:

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For what it’s worth, this is extremely difficult to do, physically, but may have even less to do with football than how fast they can run in a straight line for 40 yards in spandex. More importantly, Coyle joins a fraternity of NFL prospects that have senselessly risked their lives and careers while exiting a backyard pool.

Here was Jarron Gilbert in 2008:

Gilbert’s career line: 5 games, 0 starts, 2 tackles.

The following year, undrafted Redskins receiver Keith Eloi attempted the same feat…backwards:

Eloi’s career line: Zilch. But he did play in the Arena Football League in 2012, for the Kansas City Command.

It’s a small sample size (2), but it would appear that prospects capable of exiting pools in creative ways don’t fare well on the NFL gridiron.

On the other hand, for a guy like Brock Coyle–who most people outside of the Big Sky Conference have never heard of–this is a great way to get your name out on the interwebs. Whether or not it will it get him out on an NFL gridiron remains to be seen.

What other pointless feats of physicality would you like to see in your NFL prospects?




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11 Responses to “So, An NFL Prospect Jumps Out Of A Pool”

  1. By Bruce on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply

    What you call a pointless feat; no other NFL prospect at Tom Shaws could do.
    It was a team pool workout, not a backyard pool. As for Brock Coyle not being heard of check out Gil Brandt’s opinion. Better yet, check him out at http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lhGskbrMHW0&app=m

  2. By CP Kennedy on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply

    Pool or no pool – do the homework on this kid, he is a beast and he can tackle better than most pros, he is the real deal. Watch his film, he is quick, smart and tough.

  3. By Danny on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply

    I would love to see videos of everyone else doing this besides Brock Coyle. I for one think it’s a fantastic indicator of agility. It’s like anything else in life, do what you can to get ahead. Keep up the great job Brock!

  4. By Calhoun on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply

    Bruce is right. Gil Brandt says multiple times positive things towards Brock Coyle. Where did they get this info?

    This was a team workout. Not “Clowning Around” check out the workout photos illustrating that everyone was required to do it. http://www.flickr.com/photos/13893487@N02/page5/

  5. By Scott on Feb 23, 2014 | Reply

    By the redskins record, their ability to scout prospects hasnt faired well either. It’s a large sample size (12) losing seasons in the last 22 years would make it appear they are not really good at evaluating talent.

  6. By Bruce on Feb 23, 2014 | Reply

    Brian, going by your logic the NFL Combine’s events are not useful either then.
    Not sure what your expertise is in evaluating strength and agility, but if pros like Tom Shaw require it as part of their pre-combine workouts, an objective observer would likely conclude it is very relevant…explosive power and quick twitch.

    I think the rub is you have a powerful position in the national media, and you use your position to spin this like it is a publicity stunt to get attention when the fact is
    – this was shot by an independent film crew videoing the pre-combine workouts
    – jumping out of the pool is an exercise all the prospects do as part of the pool workout,

    By the way, last time I checked the Seahawks had a lot more players like Brock and did a lot better than the Redskins…just saying…

  7. By Vic Hysham on Feb 23, 2014 | Reply

    Many ways to measure athletic ability, with endless opinions. Brock’s exceptional performance is just another way to validate his outstanding athleticism. If Mr. Tinsman is trying to dismiss the pool drill, he may want share his credentials in the field as a physical trainer. Pretty impressive performance for an athlete from any sport

  8. By Jean on Feb 24, 2014 | Reply

    From the other posts it seems as if the original entry was not telling the complete story. Regardless, in order to be an NFL professional, you do need to be exceptional and it seems that being able to jump out of 4 feet of water qualifies.

  9. By Jim Beaux on Mar 9, 2014 | Reply

    .Dr. Tom Shaw Phd. has the most credibility in the sports performance industry. If he has an athlete perform a certain training drill it is done with a precise purpose . Jumping is done to increase vertical leap.. How many Super Bowl MVPs or 1st round picks has Brian Tinsman trained?.. How many Super Bowl rings does Brian Tinsman own? Tom Shaw owns 3 from the NE Patriots.. Hey Brian stop being that jealous loser.

  10. By vbadbear on Apr 16, 2014 | Reply

    can’t believe you were allowed to post this to my teams Site!!! Plus, Coyle is Dangerous. Actually would like to see you try this and maybe have coyle show you how hard he hits on the field. Than talk smack about jumping out of a pool, that leg strength will have you posting apology blog! once in my life i am ashamed to be a fan of the redskins, especially with them allowing you to post this about my “GRIZ”. Griz Nation!!!

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