The importance of the NFL Combine has somewhat shifted in the public's eye. Once viewed as a crucial piece of the evaluation process, many now consider it more of a media sensation. The significance lies in the eye of the beholder, of course. In the NFL, teams value test results and measurements differently. What happens behind closed doors impacts prospects' draft value more than any stopwatch.
Honestly, I enjoy the event for the spectacle that it is. Entertainment that puts prospects on an even playing field. The goal is always to see what was expected based on tape evaluation. If something looks off, then go back and double check the on-field work. Keep in mind, prospects have worked with professional trainers over the last few weeks.