The NFL Scouting Combine officially kicked off this week from February 28th through March 6th. Indianapolis is the home of the Scouting Combine. This is where over 300 of the best college prospects show off their athleticism and speed in front on all the NFL teams. These are the drills that they will be tested on this week at the NFL Scouting Combine: 40-yard dash, 225-pound max bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 3 cone drill, and shuttle run. The 40-yard dash is the most anticipated and hyped up drill of all the tests.
Players can significantly help or hurt their draft stock depending on how they test in the drills at the Combine. This week football players will make or break their dreams of getting drafted into the National Football League. Not only are players tested on the field, but in the classroom as well. The best prospects are drilled by NFL coaching staffs on their football IQ, psychological wellbeing, and overall knowledge. Teams invest a lot of time, money, and assets into these players. The teams want to make sure that their top draft selections don’t flame out of the league after one or two seasons. This can very really set a franchise in the wrong direction. Most all general managers in the NFL will agree that it is imperative to build through the draft. Building through the draft is more economical and will create depth at multiple positions on the field.
There are few mysteries that we have learned since the Combine kicked off on Tuesday. Every player at the combine is measured and weighed in. Sometimes players will exaggerate their measurables on the team’s website. The Scouting Combine certainly clears up any questions about a player’s measurables. Mitch Trubisky the quarterback from UNC was thought to be shorter than listed, but he came in at 6’2″. This was good news for teams because he is regarded as one of the top QBs in the draft. Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine had the best bench press among running backs with 30 reps. His size and strength will be a problem for defenses at the next level. To nobody’s surprise, the 49ers admitted to having a need at quarterback and were impressed by Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer. He was inconsistent at Notre Dame, but nobody is denying his arm strength. Christian McCaffrey feels disrespected that he has been left out of the conversation as one of the top running backs. Look for him to be extra competitive this week at the Combine.