View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 3/24

Dion Clisso

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: March 24, 2014 - 9:01 AM

In the last month the players wanting to be drafted into the NFL have participated in the NFL Combine and are now taking part in their own school’s pro days.
We’ve come a long way from when the draft was first broadcast and people barely knew who the players were let alone what their vertical leap, 40-yard dash time and bench press numbers were. One thing is for sure there are plenty of unbelievable athletes out there.
When I watch all of this coverage one thing pops into my head. Can any of these guys actually play football? More importantly can they play football at the highest level? A lot of these guys look good going against players who will be selling insurance once their college careers are over.
Think of it like this. Most wide receivers match up with maybe one defensive back every other week that will play in the NFL. While some will put up huge numbers against some of the weaker competition, others will shine no matter who is covering them.
There is nothing better than a workout warrior. It shows their commitment to the game and the craft and skills they wish to take to the highest level. Being strong and fast and good at running through agility drills are great but can you beat that tackle that outweighs you by 50 pounds off the line on a key third down?
I think it is because I am getting older but I tend not to buy into the hype of a player until I see what they can do on the field. When I was younger I would get excited by what players would do in summer workouts or how big and fast they were. Now I just wait to see what they do on Friday nights.
It’s a lot of fun to talk about but the only thing that really matters is what happens on the field during games. That’s what makes football great.
Dion Clisso is the Managing Editor of PrepsKC. To reach him send email to