Earlier this week, the NFL released the full list of the 338 participants invited to the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, which takes place at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis from February 26 to March 4.
The Scouting Combine is the place where dreams can come true. Run a great 40 and you make yourself a lot of money. Every year, talent evaluators – GM’s, coaches, and scouts – line the field with stopwatches and clipboards in hand hoping to find the next star player.
The Combine invitees will go run through a whole battery of tests and evaluations. They have their physical measurements taken; an injury evaluation; drug screening; the then the Cybex and Wonderlic tests.
Some of the most important skills tests include:
- 40-yard dash
- Bench press (225 lb repetitions)
- Vertical jump
- Broad jump
- 20-yard shuttle
- 3 cone drill
Each position group run through drills specific their position. For example, we won’t see any offensive linemen catching passes; however, we will see receivers, tight ends, running back, defensive backs and linebackers all participating in receiving drills.
Each team is also allowed to interview up to 60 players. Interviews are limited to 15-minutes each. Teams are hoping to get a feel for the player and to see if he would be a good fit for the organization.
Players not at the Combine, typically, attend a Pro Day somewhere. Pro Days are held on campuses across the country and dates are released as the events are scheduled. They usually start around mid-March.
Between now and the draft, Nat L. Faybian’s NFL Mock Draft will be taking a closer look at the combine, combine results, position groups, and Pro Days.
To view the full list of prospects invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, click here.
The NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis will begin on Feb. 26; the franchise-tag deadline is on March 5; free agency starts on March 13; and then the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee, will run from April 25-27.
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