Combine 101

Let’s talk about the combine!

The purpose of the combine is an opportunity for each NFL team to see the incoming players and their potential. These coaches do not want to go into the draft blind. It would be like going to the mall, pulling clothes off of the rack, and buying them without trying them on. Only to get home and find they aren’t a good fit. Each coach has a game plan and each game plan is different. Some coaches focus more on the running game while others more on passing. Some coaches are more defense minded while others are more offense minded. So you see the combine is a perfect chance for each coach to scout and see who would fit in best with their plans.

The only way a player can attend the combine is to be invited there. There aren’t any walk ons. 335 players were invited to this years combine. The combine is important to a player because it will affect where they go in the draft and ultimately their salary. There are a number of tests done at the combine to measure a prospective player’s potential and skills. Some of the tests are self-explanatory while others are puzzling, but no worries I’ll explain them! These tests include (there are a lot more than I thought there would be):

  •  40-yard dash – used to evaluate the speed of a prospect
  •  Bench press (225 lb repetitions) – evaluates upper body strength
  •  Vertical jump
  •  Broad jump – basically a standing long jump. Evaluates lower body strength
  •  20 yard shuttle – evaluates the quickness and the ability to change directions quickly
  •  3 cone drill – evaluates the agility, quickness, and fluidity of a player
  •  60-yard shuttle
  •  Position-specific drills
  •  Interviews — each team is allowed 60 interviews in 15-minute intervals
  •  Physical measurements
  •  Injury evaluation
  •  Drug screen
  •  The Cybex test – tests the joint movement of each draft prospect
  •   The Wonderlic Test – is an intelligence test of sorts. It is used to evaluate learning and problem solving. 50 is a perfect score while a score of 20 indicates average intelligence. The average NFL player scores a 20. Interestingly enough the offensive tackle, center, and QB score the highest of any position in the NFL.

Here is the schedule for the combine this year. We got this from nj.com

Day 1 Arrivals — Group 1 (Kickers, Special Teams, Offensive Line); Group 2 (Offensive Line); Group 3 (Tight Ends)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews

Thursday, February 19, 2015
NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews

Friday, February 20, 2015
On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

Day 2 Arrivals* — Group 4 (Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers); Group 5 (Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers); Group 6 (Running Backs)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews

Friday, February 20, 2015
NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews

Saturday, February 21, 2015
On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

Day 3 Arrivals* — Group 7 (Defensive Line); Group 8 (Defensive Line); Group 9 (Linebackers)

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews

Friday, February 20, 2015
Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews

Saturday, February 21, 2015
NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews

Sunday, February 22, 2015
On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

Day 4 Arrivals — Group 10 (Defensive Backs); Group 11 (Defensive Backs)

Friday, February 20, 2015
Travel to Indianapolis ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews

Saturday, February 21, 2015
Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews

Sunday, February 22, 2015
NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews

Monday, February 23, 2015
On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

You can watch live coverage of the combine workouts on NFL Network (if you have it) at the following times:

Television Schedule
(listed in eastern standard times)

Wednesday, February 18 
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. — NFL Total Access Scouting Combine Press Conferences

Thursday, February 19 
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. — NFL Total Access Scouting Combine Press Conferences

Friday, February 20
9 am. – 4 p.m. — 2015 NFL Scouting Combine: Kickers, Offensive Linemen & Tight Ends

Saturday, February 21
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. — 2015 NFL Scouting Combine: Running Backs, Quarterbacks & Wide Receivers

Sunday, February 22
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. — 2015 NFL Scouting Combine: Defensive Linemen & Linebackers

Monday, February 23
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. — 2015 NFL Scouting Combine: Defensive Backs

There you have it football fans. A short snippet on the combine and why it’s so important, you can find the full invite list here NFL Combine Invite List.

Questions or comments about the combine? Would you like to tell me about the player you’re most excited to see perform at the combine? Then tweet me @PatsFanGirl12. I’d love to hear from you!

1 Comment on Combine 101

  1. I know this comment is late in coming but I have been a little occupied.
    Erica thank you so much for this post. You have such an awesome way of explaining things that otherwise would be so difficult to understand that I wouldn’t even try to read about it. Actually I didn’t even know there was a “combine” let alone what it was. So grateful your on this website!

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