With how much technology and film is available now for NFL teams ahead of the draft, many fans have wondered if pro days are more of a tradition than a necessity. In theory, there is probably nothing NFL scouts or coaches would see at a pro day that they can’t see on game film or highlight tapes. But Jimmy Johnson insists the workouts are extremely important.
Johnson was asked about pro days during an appearance on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” on Monday. The Hall of Fame coach said he always wanted to interact with players at events such as that to learn about their personalities rather than what they can do on the field.
“The most important thing for me on pro days or even the Combine was getting to know these players personally,” Johnson said. “I didn’t want to draft anyone with a high pick unless I knew them personally and had been around them.”