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Behind the combine curtain matters more

Rick Spielman (Greg Smith/USA Today)

The speed and strength numbers will be televised at the NFL Scouting Combine over the next week, but it's what goes on behind the scenes that matters most to NFL decision-makers, including Vikings GM Rick Spielman.

While the times in the 40-yard dash and repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press will be broadcast and recorded, behind the scenes are the more important issues for NFL scouting departments. Yes, speed, strength and agility at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis matter to football evaluators over the next week, but it's another trio of analysis – interviews, medical reports and...

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