I ran across this web site this a.m. (home from work):
this individual has put together a list out of the top performances at the NFL combine over the years - one of the things that surprises me is the majority of the names are those that I have never heard of - could reflect my obvious ignorance or possibly reflects the fact that what makes an NFL player is a lot more than how fast or quick or strong the player is. I was especially surprised by the strength category - of the 30 or so names listed I only spotted a few that were what I would consider well known - a few others that I think I remember them playing - most I would venture had all most no playing time or never made a roster.
Speed seems to be a better indicator - but only sub 4.3 speed of the names on the list that have that level of speed - about half are names that are quickly recognizable. When you get to sub 4.3 the vast majority of names are of folks that didn't make an impact or get much press.
Anyway not sure if this is football worthy or just me pondering how to measure/predict a players success rate in the NFL. As has been mentioned before I guess it comes down to watching game film and evaluating a player's response to the level of compitition they play against - as an individual whenever possiable. Work ethic and an understanding of of what it takes to win may be a better indicator of success at the top level.