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Titans GM Ruston Webster on Value of NFL Combine Workouts

Posted by Craig Peters on February 23, 2014 – 8:37 am

Ryan Fitzpatrick joked last week that the on-field workouts at the NFL Combine are the “Underwear Olympics.”

The veteran Titans quarterback, however, plans to watch some of NFL Network’s coverage of the activities that more than 330 draft-eligible players take part in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Titans GM Ruston Webster said NFL Combine workouts are important but just part of the evaluation process.

Titans GM Ruston Webster said NFL Combine workouts are important but just part of the evaluation process.

Offensive linemen and tight ends began four straight days of timing and testing drills Saturday. Quarterbacks, receivers and running backs have the option of going Sunday, followed by defensive linemen and linebackers Monday and defensive backs Tuesday. Click here for’s results tracker.

Team executives, coaches and scouts will take a more comprehensive look at the performances, but Titans general manager Ruston Webster said the timing and testing drills and workouts are just one part of the evaluation process. Webster was asked last week about their value.

“It’s helpful to those guys that work out well. I think you have to be careful not to put too much on the workout and make sure you go back and watch the film,” Webster said. “I think that happens every year. I think teams come in here and players work out really well. Everybody talks about them rising up the charts and then you go back and watch film and really in the end, that’s where people are going to draft off of.”

The Titans were able to schedule 15-minute interviews with 60 of the prospects, and scouts spent the fall evaluating players on film and learning more about them in a search “for the best football players we can find,” Webster said.

“The thing we need to make sure is they’re competitive, tough guys that are going to work and have the talent to play well in the league,” Webster said. “I think if we get enough of those guys, we’ll win.”

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3 Responses to “Titans GM Ruston Webster on Value of NFL Combine Workouts”

  1. By royalan83 on Feb 28, 2014 | Reply

    Salary cap increased 10mil, there is no reason to cut CJ unless there is a lot of hate against him. It’s his last year of his contract, so ideally he’ll play his best this year. If he doesn’t, then he won’t get squat in free agency next time. Draft wise, I predict Titans drafting a QB or LB/DE in the 1st round, and Dri Archer RB should be their target in the 2nd round to replace CJ if he leaves in next year’s Free Agency. Also, it wouldn’t surprise me if the organization traded one of their lower compensation picks to move up into the 3rd round.

  2. By addicted2football on Feb 28, 2014 | Reply

    I agree that the cap increase may save CJ for us but it still wouldn’t surprise me to see him cut, just because we can afford to overpay doesn’t necessarily mean we should. I also expect to see David Stewart go, so my prediction for round 1 would be LB/DE for OT, with LB/DE as the priority because I understad the depth at OT this year is fabulous. If he’s available, my vote for our #11 is still MLB CJ Mosley.

  3. By addicted2football on Feb 28, 2014 | Reply

    ROFLMFAO @ Kenny Britt telling Around The League that he’ll be a #1 WR for somebody in 2014, PRICELESS!!! Britt wouldn’t be a #1 WR in the Arena League.

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