Ask Bob – About The NFL Combine

Back from Indianapolis and the NFL Combine. It was a very intense four/five days of players, coaches and general  managers.

But it provided a lot of grist for the pre-draft mill and I’m sure there are plenty of questions about what went down at Lucas Oil Stadium.

So load it up between now and Friday at 5 p.m., hit me with your questions about the Combine and the players there and over t he weekend I’ll p rovide you with some answers.

Let the posting begin.

28 Responses to “Ask Bob – About The NFL Combine”

  • March 3, 2010  - Mad Chief says:

    Which player(s) struck you the most as having the “total package” (i.e. skills, intelligence, demeanor, etc.)?

    And thanks again for your coverage, Bob. It was outstanding!

  • March 3, 2010  - David says:


    Would you post your Chief’s picks for the forthcoming draft, post combine?



  • March 3, 2010  - KC_Guy says:

    How do teams value a healthy player being present, but not working out?

    Combine value overall declining or more focussed on mid- to late-round prospects? Lots of potential 1st/2nd-rounders not working out (esp. QB)

    One player question: Taylor Mays: S or LB?

  • March 3, 2010  - Blake says:

    What did you think of Rolando McClain?

  • March 3, 2010  - Blake says:

    What do you think the chances are of the Chiefs taking a LT in round one? What do they think of Albert, he looked good at the end of the year but are they going to keep him at LT?

  • March 3, 2010  - Jake says:

    Hi Bob,

    Any bruiser RBs that looked like they could be a good partner for Jamaal Charles?

    Also, what single position above all others do you think the Chiefs need to address this draft/off-season?

  • March 3, 2010  - el cid says:

    Of all the players at the combine, were there any surprises, at what position, and would the Chiefs have an interest?

    Did you see any sparks of interest by the Chiefs at any given positions (no names in case someone else is reading this)?

    Did you notice what the Chiefs were doing during any give exercise, that may indicate special interest?

  • March 3, 2010  - PnS says:

    Bob Great Job As Always. Would you list positions that need filling starting with ( they need help now ) To we can wait while they take ( 3yrs by some accounts) to develope.Do you feel that 1st yr players should at least show signs ( wow factor ) while learning there position.Still waiting on the wow from some players drafted lately.I read your report of what some scouts said of Jackson, did they have a player that we should have drafted at 3 ??????

  • March 3, 2010  - PnS says:

    El Cid stole you wow factor hope you don’t mind. Also I totaly agree with your view on the chiefs ……sadly.I’am trying to cut down on caffeine ( COOLAIDE ) seems to be working.

  • March 3, 2010  - ThunderChief says:

    How many times have we heard the Combine is yet another piece of the puzzle, part of the process and that game tape of a player is far more important than anything learned from Combine workouts. Well SOMETHING(s) must be learned beyond the socializing and guffaws exchanged by NFL coaches/GMs/Scouts/owners.

    What is that main ’something learned’ about a player that causes hundreds of folks to show up every year in Indy about this time?

  • March 3, 2010  - SG says:

    For the time period of the NFL Combine, what would be your suggestions for fans as to how they could achieve the best direct access to current coaches, current players, or prospective players – either at official events or unofficially?

  • March 3, 2010  - SG says:

    BobGretz, again thanks for another one of your q&a sessions – very informative. Another question for you: do you have any names you can drop of players we should be rooting for to drop to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th round (sleepers) based on what you saw in Indy?

  • March 3, 2010  - SG says:

    Any of those players that you mentioned from your morning article who did not attend the Combine who might be targeted by the Chiefs (of particular curiosity is Freddie Barnes)?

  • March 3, 2010  - gorillafan says:

    Bob, most of my questions has been asked. So, I will ask that given the “hype” of the draft by todays media, does it live up to all the “hype” when you are there in person? overrated? underrated?

  • March 3, 2010  - TimR says:


    Who might some possibilities be for a WR/DB with legit return ability round 3 & later. Seems Jacoby Ford would be a very interesting prospect for us, but don’t know if he would be there in round 3. If we took Berry in round 1, does he have return capability?

  • March 3, 2010  - jimbo says:

    Bob, From your combine reporting, I was under the impression that you spent after hours time with some NFL Scouts. We all know what scouts do… or do we…
    Could you enlighten us as to their specific duties & things we would’nt know about their jobs in general?.
    Would you invite these guys over for a BBQ, if you know what I mean?.

  • March 3, 2010  - el cid says:

    Well good news the Chiefs signed a free agent. A QB who played for Ariz last year. Never heard of him. The Chiefs now have 4 QBs, Cassel, Brodie, Gut. and this guy. Isn’t that two pats, one chief and one card? I quess we will not be looking at college QB this year, I had hoped for Kafka with last pick.

  • March 3, 2010  - colby says:

    Three questions for you Bob.

    1. Pioli has a famous history of drafting developmental QBs in the late rounds. Brady and Cassel were his success stories and technically, Edelman last year was a QB in college. Davey and Kingsbury were misses. Any QBs at the combine that might if the profile of a guy that Pioli would draft late and try to develop?

    2. Also Pioli has a history of drafting TEs. Graham and Watson were 1st rounders. He drafted a TE practically every year with the Pats and he said KC needs to get better at that spot. Any TEs out there that fit the profile of what Pioli and Haley want?

    3. This group LOVES to bring in their own guys. Outside of Clausen and Tate, are there any Notre Dame players that we might take a shot at in the later rounds?

  • March 3, 2010  - DonW says:

    Bob, you had written in an earlier piece that the games now begin about possible draft choices. i.e. misdirection, misinformation, feigned disinterest, etc. Could the QB signing be a possible feint about that position and the Chiefs are looking seriously at a QB in the draft?
    OK, about the combine. What/who were the biggest:
    Moves up the draft chart?
    Moves down the draft chart?
    Mismatches between game tape and combine performance – in both directions – good game tape, poor combine; good combine, poor game tape.

    Thanks for all you do for us Bob.

  • March 3, 2010  - aPacificChief says:

    Many scouts believe that this draft is one of the deepest drafts in recent years. If I remember correctly that was one of the reasons why Pioli agreed upon Atlanta’s 2nd in 2010, even when he traded Gonzo in time for the 2009 draft.

    My question then is how high in your opinion are the probability that we trade down in the 1st round (if the opportunity presents itself), especially if a true value pick is sitting there for us like an Eric Berry. Does Pioli also have a history of trading back into the 1st round? Or will he stay pat with the two 2nd round selections?

    Also, is trading down a tool best used by teams who already have a strong core group to build upon, or for teams doing a complete overhaul?
    Thanks Bob for taking the time for us fans, can I send a return envelope for your autograph?

  • March 3, 2010  - aPacificChief says:

    Sorry to bogart, but Bob do you think the Chiefs are interested in a player like Linval Joseph? or is he too tall (6-4) to play NG for us? Most of the notable NG’s in the NFL stand at about 6-2.

  • March 3, 2010  - vincent says:

    Who/what committee determines what events will be at the combine? I would like to see leg press for example.
    2. Is there a way to have a more accurate reading for the 40 yard dash?
    3. The WR in this year’s draft seems weak. Outside of a very few, almost everyone ran between 4.45 and 4.6. The gaunlet drill was flooded with drops. Was this the receivers or the QBs fault. What receivers can: 1. create separation and 2. Catch the ball!!

  • March 3, 2010  - johnfromfairfax says:


    Any ideas regarding how much of an impact having the two new coordinators on board will have on Pioli and Haley with the draft and free agent player acquisition this off season? How much say do you think either or both will have in the process and do you think one may have more of an influence in the process than the other.

  • March 4, 2010  - Big Vess says:

    Which of the three tackles Bulaga, Okung, or Davis had the best combine workout and who do you see the Chiefs picking in that group? And who do you see as a hidden gem pick that some teams may overlook in the later rounds?

  • March 4, 2010  - SG says:

    BobGretz, a couple questions:

    1) What was the funniest single thing you saw take place at the Combine (or associated events) that you’re allowed to tell us about?

    2) What was the stupidest question that a member of the press posed during the Combine events?

  • March 4, 2010  - Ron says:

    Thanks Bob

    Hope this is not a dumb question.
    How many (paid on staff) people will teams (Chiefs) send to the combine?
    What is their position with the organization? Different Coaches? Scout? Coordinator , Or what?
    Really like your information–Thanks

  • March 4, 2010  - Roscoe says:

    Do you think the Chiefs will take Dez Bryant at the 5th. pick of the NFL draft??

  • March 5, 2010  - Morten, Denmark says:

    Thanks for your great coverage Bob; 2 questions?

    1) Is the combine a bit overhyped by the media in your opinion; I mean broadcasting 40 yard dashes live etc….?

    2) Do the teams besides testing player’s intelligence; I believe they do a 12 minutes test; test prospect’s personalities like you do when you hire leaders in the businessworld. How do they evaluate how they react under real pressure? In short; how do they evaluate talents mentally?

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