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NFL Scouting Combine preview

The NFL Draft’s best players will be arriving in Indianapolis starting today as they prepare to run, jump and interview for everyone to watch.

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After the Super Bowl ends, most NFL fans are left with a football sized hole in their lives. You may try to fill that with the AAF this year, but most fans start to tune back in during some of the pre-draft activities. We have already had the Senior Bowl, but now the ever-important NFL Combine has arrived.

This week represents the biggest chance for the NFL Draft’s best prospects to make an impression on all 32 teams. Every franchise is well represented with coaches and front office members staying busy by watching the various drills and interviewing players during the week. It is also a chance for teams to get exact measurements (i.e. height and weight), which could have been exaggerated during their NCAA days or show who is taking their workouts less seriously than others.

Of course, the Combine takes place over several days with different groups participating on certain days. If you have a certain group you want to watch, here is the schedule along with the drills that will be run that day:

Tuesday, February 26th

  • Running backs, offensive linemen, special teams and kickers- arrive and check in at Indianapolis, medical pre-exam, x-rays, orientation and interviews

Wednesday, February 27th

  • Quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends- arrive and check in at Indianapolis, medical pre-exam, x-rays, orientation and interviews
  • Running backs, offensive linemen, special teams and kickers- Medical examinations, measurements, overflow testing and interviews
  • Head coaches an general managers have press conferences

Thursday, February 28th

  • Defensive linemen and linebacker- arrive and check in at Indianapolis, medical pre-exam, x-rays, orientation and interviews
  • Quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends- Medical examinations, measurements, overflow testing and interviews
  • Running backs, offensive linemen, special teams and kickers- Psychological testing, NFLPA meeting, bench press, media, special teams and kickers workout
  • Head coaches and general managers have press conferences

Friday, March 1st

  • 9:00 AM EST: running backs and offensive linemen- participate in on-field drills (NFL Network)
  • Defensive backs- arrive and check in at Indianapolis, medical pre-exam, x-rays, orientation and interviews
  • Quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends- Psychological testing, NFLPA meeting, bench press, media, special teams and kickers workout
  • Defensive linemen and linebacker- Medical examinations, measurements, overflow testing and interviews

Saturday, March 2nd (Quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends)

  • 10:00 AM EST: quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends- participate in on-field drills (NFL Network)
  • Defensive linemen and linebacker- Psychological testing, NFLPA meeting, bench press, media, special teams and kickers workout
  • Defensive backs- Medical examinations, measurements, overflow testing and interviews

Sunday, March 3rd (Defensive linemen and linebackers)

  • 9:00 AM EST: defensive linemen and linebacker- participate in on-field drills (NFL Network)
  • Defensive backs- Psychological testing, NFLPA meeting, bench press, media, special teams and kickers workout

Monday, March 4th (Defensive backs)

  • 10:00 AM EST: defensive backs- participate in on-field drills (NFL Network)

Positional drills

All positions

  • 40-Yard Dash
  • Bench Press
  • Vertical Jump
  • Broad Jump
  • Three-Cone Drill
  • 20-Yard Shuttle

Running backs

  • Off-tackle Reaction
  • Change of Direction (COD) Pitch Drill
  • Blast Read
  • Find the Ball Drill
  • Pass Routes

Offensive linemen

  • COD Wave Drill
  • Long Pull
  • Short Pull Power
  • Pass Pro Mirror
  • Pass Pro Rush L & R
  • Drop and Flip Drill

Quarterbacks

  • Pocket Movement
  • 3-5-5-7 Step Drops/Throws
  • 7 Step Roll Out, Right and Left
  • Throw Routes to Receivers

Wide receivers and tight ends

  • Sideline Tap-Tap Drill
  • Over Shoulder Catch Drill
  • Multiple Catch/Gauntlet Drill
  • Pass Routes
  • Block Explosion (tight ends)

Defensive line and pass rushers

  • Punch, Hand, Shiver Drill
  • Body Control Drill
  • 4-Bag COD Drill
  • Pass Rush L & R
  • Front Wave Drill and Lateral Reaction

Linebackers

  • 4-Bag Agility Drill
  • Wave Drill
  • 90 Degree Catch Drill
  • Pass Rush L & R
  • Back Pedal
  • Back Pedal and React

Defensive backs

  • Receiving Line Drill
  • Back Pedal, Turn and Catch
  • “W” Drill
  • Back Pedal, Weave, 90 Degree and Catch
  • Back Pedal and Transition 45 Degree Reaction
  • Close and Speed Turn Drill
  • Back Pedal, Break Forward, Speed Turn and Catch