Preview: NFL Scouting Combine

Preview: NFL Scouting Combine
February 20, 2013, 10:30 am
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What: 2013 NFL Scouting Combine

Who: Top draft eligible players

Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

When: Thursday – Tuesday

TV: Live coverage Saturday–Tuesday on NFL Network; Daily updates from Indianapolis on CSNWashington.com and Geico SportsNet Central 

Over the next week, Indianapolis will serve as the hub of the football universe. 

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams, 300-plus potential draftees and their agents as well as 800 credentialed members of the media will attend the annual scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium, where players will be poked, prodded and put through their paces ahead of April’s Draft. 

Here’s a quick primer to get you ready for the week’s events:

Schedule: 

Saturday—Tight ends, offensive linemen and special teams.

Sunday—Quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers.

Monday—Defensive linemen and linebackers.

Tuesday—Defensive backs.

Note: Media availability runs Thursday-Sunday only. 

Drills: 40-yard dash, bench press (225 pounds, as many reps as possible), vertical jump, 3-cone drill (tests high speed agility) and shuttle run (measures lateral quickness).

Stars can be born with a blazing 40. But first round dreams can be dashed just as quickly with a poor showing.

There will also be position drills tailored for each group. For example, quarterbacks will be asked throw out of three, five and seven step drops. They’ll also throw slant passes, as well as out, in, corner and deep routes.

Player interviews/medical exams: Teams are permitted to interview as many as 60 players for 15 minutes at a time.

For Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan, this process is equally important than a player’s 40 time if not more so. 

“Usually, you get a good idea if a guy can play from looking at game film,” Shanahan said at the combine two years ago. “But you don’t know the character of a guy. Is football important to him? One of the things I enjoy about going to Indy is sitting down with a guy for 15 minutes and getting a feel for what he’s all about.” 

Oh, to be a fly on the wall during one of Manti Te’o’s interviews.

Shanahan also noted how ordinary 40 times run by Jerry Rice and Terrell Davis in pre-draft workouts and had little bearing on future results.

“There are so many other factors than what you run in the 40 or how many times you bench press,” he said. “It really has to do a lot with the character of a person.”

Players will also be measured for weight, height, arm and hand length as well as flexibility. There will also be a physical exam to evaluate current or previous injuries.

New aptitude test:  In addition to the often-criticized Wonderlic test, the league will administer a new, expanded assessment exam that will probe a “wide range of competencies, including learning styles, motivation, decision-making skills, responding to pressure or unexpected stimuli and core intellect.”

Previews: We’ve already examined the Redskins’ positions of need and which prospects might fill them. Here are the links:

Safeties

Cornerbacks

Offensive tackles

Tight ends

Inside linebackers