The world is a different place than it was in 1989. The NFL Scouting Combine is no outlier.
These days, the combine is run in a very precise manner. Teams are given a finite number of visits with prospects during the event. On the surface at least, everything is on the books.
But in the late '80s, the combine was like the wild west. Deion Sanders was a white-hot commodity a month before the '89 draft and he shared a story during NFL Network's combine coverage that illustrated just how different things were.
"It was just chaos in the hotels -- all the agents were trying to grab you," Sanders told Rich Eisen and Mike Mayock. "The teams were trying to grab you. People were just trying to get next to you to secure your services. And I remember backing into this room. I didn't know where I was going, I was trying to get away from the people outside.
"And it happened to be the Giants' room. And they sat me down and gave me a thick book. I said, 'What's this?' They said, 'This is the test we give to all the players.' I said, 'Excuse me, what pick do you have in the draft?' They said, I think 10th. I said, 'I'll be gone before then, I'll see y'all later. I ain't got time for this.'"
The Giants actually selected 18th in that draft, though they could have attempted to trade up if they loved Deion enough. Sanders was right in his assumption that he'd be long gone by pick 10. He went fifth overall to the Atlanta Falcons.