It's been called âThe World's Toughest Job Interview.â For six days at the NFL Combine (Feb. 24-March 2), college football's best will be measured, interviewed, tested, watched and analyzed by countless NFL coaches, general managers and scouts conducting all of their due diligence before the NFL Draft. To prepare, nearly two dozen prospects have traveled to IMG Academy for six-plus weeks of Physical, Mental, Communication, Nutrition, Vision and psychological training with Athletic & Personal Development program specialists.
"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C', the idea must be feasible."
The above is a quote from a Yale University professor that was given to Fred Smith about his paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. Smith then went on to create Fed-Ex. This quote was also on the cover of a packet assembled for the players during their most recent mental conditioning session while training at IMG Academy for the NFL Combine. The message was simple: Your own opinion is most important.
Mental strength and conditioning coaches Trevor Moawad and Angus Mugford wanted to get this message across as players continued their training and prepared for various senior bowl games that they would be attending. At these bowl games, the players will take part in week-long practices where coaches and scouts will be able to attend and view them as possible future draft picks. Trevor wanted to give the players advice on how to avoid becoming a "red-flag player" or those who have a negative connotation due to legal troubles, work ethic, etc.
The athletes started this week's session doing an activity involving connecting numbers and letters in a certain sequence. This process was then repeated with partners and then again with distractors. This was in order to get the players acclimated to maintaining focus and composure while performing tasks that otherwise may be mundane. Being able to not overlook little details and focusing on the task at hand are pivotal when performing in front of people who are deciding whether or not to invest stock in you.
After this, the players were then shown film clips from previous senior bowl practices including clips that were position specific to those athletes who were watching the film. This helped the players view the drills and listen to the commentators on what to expect and what is being looked for.
The session wrapped up with Coach Moawad delivering information that the players may overlook. For instance, when to and when not to listen to your headphones in order to be open to the media, setting goals for yourself during the week of bowl practices, not accepting mediocrity, and knowing who the important people are to keep in touch with throughout the week, blocking any possible distractions.