NFL Scouting Combine Takes Over Indianapolis Next Week
The NFL’s Combine takes over Indianapolis once again, as from February 26-29, the league will hold its annual scouting event at Lucas Oil Stadium:
"Wednesday, Feb. 24» Media interviews for running backs, offensive linemen and special teamersThursday, Feb. 25» Media interviews for quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight endsFriday, Feb. 26» Media interviews for defensive linemen and linebackers» On-field workouts for running backs, offensive linemen and special teamersSaturday, Feb. 27» Media interviews for defensive backs» On-field workouts for quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight endsSunday, Feb. 28» On-field workouts for defensive linemen and linebackersMonday, Feb. 29» On-field workouts for defensive backs"
The NFL Combine events can be viewed throughout the week on NFL Network.
While at the end of the day, it’s still a bunch of athletes running around in compression cuttoffs and shorts, the combine is still a great way for many prospects to athletically shine.
Namely, unheralded prospects get to showcase their athleticism, while many of the NFL Draft’s top prospects simply seek to maintain the status quo that is their soaring draft stock.
Previously, we’ve heard how the Colts very own general manager Ryan Grigson highly values the interview process, as well as the measured forty times–particularly as it relates to skill position prospects:
"“The actual interview with the player we feel is incredibly important,” Grigson said during last year’s NFL Combine. “It is where you find out how the player fits in so many ways from primarily a mental and character standpoint. Every year there is a guy who walks through the door that just brings tremendous energy and enthusiasm that is tangible and you make note of those types of strong interactions.”“The other I would say is the 40 time, not that it is or isn’t the reason to draft a guy, but at the end of the day it helps you assign proper market value to the player. Especially at those skill positions,” added Grigson."