Cowboys 2014 NFL Draft: Twelve Scouting Combine Hidden Gems

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Feb 02, 2013; New Orleans, LA USA; Rashad Thornton Sr., of New Orleans, jumps into the air at the Under Armour scouting combine area inside the NFL Experience, pro football

Now that the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine is officially over, teams like the Dallas Cowboys are mulling over piles and piles of data gathered on the 330 prospects in preparation for the upcoming draft in May. This is the time they’ll be compiling their big boards and planning visits to individual pro days. So how do we, as fans, get an insight on how these prospective players may fair with our favorite teams? One former scout may have the answer.

Pat Kirwan is currently an NFL Insider for CBS Sports and co-host of co-hosts Movin’ the Chains on Sirius NFL Radio. He is a former NFL Scout for the Tamba Bay Buccaneers and the Pheonix Cardinals. And he’s also been the director of player administration and defensive assistant coach with the New York Jets. In in latest article for, Kirwan gives fans a great formula to help determine which of these scouted players may “boom” in the NFL…or become the next bust:

“If you were wondering what to make of the measurable statistics attached to combine players, you are not alone. One simple thing, which I’ve done for 25 years, is search look for explosiveness. When the ball is snapped in the NFL, at least half the players on the field collide and the more explosive player wins the battle.Take the vertical leap, the standing broad jump and the bench press numbers and add them up. The key is to find players that can reach or surpass the 70 for a combined total…Those numbers don’t always add up to a great football player, but it is a start.”

Therefore, using Kirwan’s explosion formula of Bench+Vertical+Broad Jump = 70+, I came up with the following list of twelve players who could possibly be the hidden gems of this year’s draft. If you are Jerry Jones…please pay close attention.

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