MDS explodes the oft-heard draft legend:
Mike Mamula’s name is thrown around every year at draft time as the simple shorthand for a player whom N.F.L. general managers fall in love with based solely on the athleticism he displays at the scouting combine, and who then goes on to have a terrible N.F.L. career.
There are just two problems with that perception of Mamula:
1. The Eagles didn’t make him the seventh pick in the 1995 draft based solely on his combine performance.
2. His N.F.L. career wasn’t terrible.