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    • (referencing Collegiate Players)
      Mark Schlereth: Pretty soon, though, a lot of these guys will be NFL players, and watching the bowls gets me thinking about the way we evaluate football players: It's wrong. We get so enamored by speed, size, vertical jumps, and all these other measurables and tangibles. But what makes a great football player isn't size or speed. Great football players know how to play the game, and they push harder than guys twice their size. There's a mantra among NFL players: "Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane." That's how we talked about these gigantic, muscular guys who took the field and got tossed around like baby giraffes. They can bench and jump in the gym, but they haven't got any functional strength. And while those guys will get the attention on draft day, they quickly find out they're not cut out to play in the league.