Those who continue to prepare will likely carry this work ethic throughout their careers. And, for the players who simply stop after the Combine, how many underperform, underachieve or don't make the team?
As you watch the NFL Draft selections, keep in mind these players began training last spring for the college season and then went straight into six weeks of focused training to try to reach peak performance at the NFL Combine or their college Pro Day.
In the 2013 NFL Draft, sheer athletic talent will seduce several professional football coaches, general managers and owners into making a terribly expensive errors. At the highest level of competition in any sport, athletic skill is not enough.
It's that time of year when die-hard college football fans and die-hard NFL fans (some of which are one in the same) come together and debate endlessly about the draft and the players in them that can help NFL teams win games over the next 5-10 years.
Players are competing with each other to be rated as highly as possible. Signing bonuses are most heavily concentrated at the top of the first round and decline after that. A difference in 30 draft slots can mean millions of guaranteed dollars in a sport with a high rate of injury.