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Posted Feb. 23, 2009

Bring Out the Guns

Three or four months ago, I had an epiphany when I was thinking about the NFL Combine:

Why do we not have a radar gun on the quarterbacks to measure arm strength?

After all, we have measurements on players' speed and agility. The 3-cone, 40-yard dash, 10- and 20-yard shuttles are all used by front office personnel and coaches to measure these skills objectively.

However, watching quarterbacks throw the football, we have to subjectively analyze who has strong arms, average arms or weak arms.

Think about it like this: Imagine having to watch these prospects run the 40-yard dash then guessing their times off the top of your head.

It really is no different when measuring arm strength. When you subjectively analyze anything, you bring in human bias to the equation. An mph measurement on these quarterbacks is 100-percent objective.

I asked Walter why they do not apply this at the NFL Scouting Combine, and he stated that they have done it in the past.

However, when I was watching the quarterbacks throw this morning at the 2009 NFL Combine, I saw nobody there with a radar gun.

If such a drill does exist, these times were not posted or heavily publicized among the media.


Arm strength is one of the most critical parts to being a quarterback in the NFL, and we do not think it is as important as a broad jump, vertical jump or 40-yard dash?

Walter also told me they flashed the speeds on the NFL Network stat line on top of the screen two years ago. Well, how come I did not hear about them? How come there are no discussions on message boards about radar gun times? How come draftniks do not care? We don't care because the media tells us not to care.

I feel like all of these quarterbacks participating should be put through a drill to measure strictly their arm strength with a radar gun. I could care less about their speed and agility drills. I want to know how fast they throw the football on the gun compares to my projections on who has the strongest and weakest arms. After that, I can then go back to my hundreds of VHS tapes for the re-evalution period.

At the time being, I feel as though draftniks and the media are being robbed of a very important measurement to project quarterbacks to the NFL.

This is just as important to the quarterback position as a 40 is to the cornerback or wide receiver positions.

Can you imagine if they did not run the 40-yard dash? Well, that is happening right now at the NFL Scouting Combine with the quarterbacks.

I am sick of it.

Bring up this subject in a message board. Link my blog to your post if you want, so we can bring awareness to this issue and more accurately project these signal callers to the next level.

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