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Combine features standardized tests for football players

By Brandon Chatmon Published: June 10, 2006

/> The combine doesn't involve any one-on-one, seven-on-seven or other common football drills, it is simply body measurements and physical tests to determine a player's size, speed, quickness and strength. It is not intended to replace the need for coaches to watch film of a players' performance under the lights on Friday nights, it's simply intended to find which players are superior athletes.

"You can run fast and do all these things," Walker said. "But if you're scared to hit, it doesn't matter. You can look like Tarzan but play like Jane."

After participating in today's combine, each player will also have access to the NATS website, which over 362 colleges have used for initial evaluation of prospects, and their own individual online profile.

The database has academic records, career statistics and contact information for every player who has participated in one of 14 different NATS test around the country, allowing the player to get an unbiased evaluation of themselves compared to other high school football players in the nation.

"It allows the kid to see what they need to work on," Walker said. "It can be a reality check. They can see they're competing against kids all over the United States for scholarship."

The main focus of the NATS program has been preparing the athlete for college, both athletically and academically, and giving coaches access to standardized test results for players across the country.

"A lot of Oklahoma football players get overlooked," Walker said. "There's a lot of good football played in Oklahoma and these kids aren't seen because they're name is not out there. Kids work too hard to get overlooked."

Walker believes the NATS is the best combine option for coaches and players alike.

"We shouldn't have anything else going on in the state of Oklahoma as far as a combine," he said. "We are sponsored by the NFL, AFCA and OFCA. There's only one combine you should go to." has disabled the comments for this article.