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    INDIANAPOLIS Kelvin Taylor need not look far to discover what sort of impact a long career as an NFLrunning back can have on a mans body.The man who works out with him many days at 5 a.m., who helps push him to excel in the game, ran for more than 11,000 yards over a dozen seasons: his father, Fred Taylor.MORE: NFL Mock Draft 2016 | Fastest prospects Mike Evans Jersey at the 2016CombineKelvin wants the same.”This game is everything I ever dreamed about,” he told Sporting News. “This opportunity is just everything I ever dreamed about. I just want to take full advantage of it, embrace the proce s, have a good time and be the best player I can be.”Taylor rushed for 1,035 yards and 13 touchdowns in his third season as a regular with the Florida Gators. This will be Taylors one trek through the curiosity that is the NFL Scouting Combine. It is one part of the proce s through which teams attempt to discern which of the many players departing college football can succeed in their league.What you might see on television involves guys running, cutting, jumping and lifting, but there may be no more e sential part of the proce s than a simple question: Do you want this?Because even though Fred Taylor appears to have made it out to the other side in good health, the physical punishment intrinsic to the game can have a cost. And though the evidence is only anecdotal, it seems there is an increasing number of young athletes unwilling to absorb the risk.San Francisco linebacker Chris Borlands retirement at age 24 last March was the most obvious example, but it was not isolated. Quarterback Jake Locker quit at 27, same O J Howard Jersey as linebacker Jason Worilds. Offensive tackle Anthony Davis walked away at age 26; he pledged hed be back in a year or so, but 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said during the Combine that conversations with Davis have not provided a definitive answer regarding his future.MORE: Shocking NFL retirements | STEELE: League can’t ignore i sueThe 49ers spent the 11th pick of the 2010 draft on Davis, and he started at right tackle for them during his first four seasons. Borland was a third-round pick in 2014 and played only one season.Teams make a significant competitive investment when choosing a particular player in the draft; in the past the risk primarily had Ronde Barber Jersey been whether that young mans skills and desire would translate to the profe sional game. Now, they must attempt to discern whether he simply wants to be out there.”Yeah, you have to have guys that love the game. Theres no question about it,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider said. “Guys that set goals for themselves I remember when Cam Newton came out, one of the primary things the Panthers talked about was his pa sion to be the greatest player ever. Thats really what stood out to them.”I think every once in a while youre going to run into those players I know those guys did it in San Francisco last year. Borland, if you scouted him, which obviously we did at Wisconsin, believe it or not hes one of those players that would have scored off the charts in terms of his pa sion, his want-to to be a great player. The hardest thing about scouting is you never totally know whats in a mans heart.”Arizonas Bruce Arians echoed that the true secret to NFL scouting is to examine what is in a players head and his heart: “If you can analyze those two things, you can make millions of dollars.”He is looking for players who dominate at the collegiate level.”They cant just be a good player,” Doug Martin Jersey Arians said. “And they have to have a swagger about them, to be able to come into a locker room with a chip on their shoulder. Thats the thing that gets them through when trying to prove it every day.”MORE: NFL’s best, worst drafting teams| Stars whoretired before age 30Might they be looking for someone such as Illinois running back Josh Ferguson, a dual threat who caught 168 pa ses and averaged better than 5 yards per carry during his career?Whether they believe his skill rises to NFL level is something for the scouts, coaches and GMs to discern. They at least figure to love his love of the game.”This is something Ive wanted to do since I was eight years old,” Ferguson told SN. “This is all Ive ever wanted to do. And even after Im done playing, I want to have a job that involves football. I cant imagine myself just calling it quits.”

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