Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2011 Chris Blees
Berri and Simmons (2009) investigate the relationship between the NFL Combine and the NFL Draft. They find that a quarterback’s performance in the Combine can have a significant impact on that player’s draft position. However, they find that no known aspect of a quarterback before they are drafted is an indicator of success in the NFL. I examine if these relationships exist for the Running Back position. I find similar results to Berri and Simmons: that performance in the Combine does have an effect on that player’s draft position, but that no aspect of a running back’s pre-draft characteristics can be seen as a sign of future NFL success.
Blees, Chris, "Running Backs in the NFL Draft and NFL Combine: Can Performance be Predicted?" (2011). CMC Senior Theses. 127.