With no chance to blink since Super Bowl 50, where Broncos defeated Panthers, the 2016 Scouting Combine arrived just in time for the fans to get ready for the NFL Draft.
Even if the combine started yesterday, with media interviews for running backs, offensive linemen and special teams, including today, with more interviews for QB’s, WR and TE’s, the real combine action is scheduled to start tomorrow, when the real drills and workouts start for the new elite athletes to show their skills, power and explosiveness they all need, to have the chance of becoming, a professional NFL player for any of the 32 teams available and looking for new and bright stars.
The NFL Network will broadcast the entire 2016 NFL Scouting Combine interviews, drills and workouts; all NFL fans, will be able to enjoy live stream coverage of the prospects nationwide, gathering more than 300 college football players at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Click here for full live stream coverage.
Indiana has been home to the NFL Scouting Combine since 1987 and will host the event for at least another 4 years, until 2020. The NFL Draft 2016 will begin on Thursday, April 28 and will end on Saturday, April 30 at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
Each February, the best players will show their abilities to executives, coaches, owners, scouts and doctors from all 32 NFL teams by conducting intense workouts and drills, set to bring the best out of every single college player, to test their endurance, speed, power and many other skills the teams are looking for in different positions. Below you can find a brief breakdown of measurable drills and full weekend schedule. (Source: NFL.com/Combine)
The 40-yard dash is the marquee event at the combine. It’s kind of like the 100-meters at the Olympics: It’s all about speed, explosion and watching skilled athletes run great times. What the scouts are looking for is an explosion from a static start.
The bench press is a test of strength — 225 pounds, as many reps as the athlete can get. What the NFL scouts are also looking for is endurance. Anybody can do a max one time, but what the bench press tells the pro scouts is how often the athlete frequented his college weight room for the last 3-5 years.
The vertical jump is all about lower-body explosion and power. The athlete stands flat-footed and they measure his reach. It is important to accurately measure the reach, because the differential between the reach and the flag the athlete touches is his vertical jump measurement.
The broad jump is like being in gym class back in junior high school. Basically, it is testing an athlete’s lower-body explosion and lower-body strength. The athlete starts out with a stance balanced and then he explodes out as far as he can. It tests explosion and balance, because he has to land without moving.
3 CONE DRILL
The 3 cone drill tests an athlete’s ability to change directions at a high speed. Three cones in an L-shape. He starts from the starting line, goes 5 yards to the first cone and back. Then, he turns, runs around the second cone, runs a weave around the third cone, which is the high point of the L, changes directions, comes back around that second cone and finishes.
The short shuttle is the first of the cone drills. It is known as the 5-10-5. What it tests is the athlete’s lateral quickness and explosion in short areas. The athlete starts in the three-point stance, explodes out 5 yards to his right, touches the line, goes back 10 yards to his left, left hand touches the line, pivot, and he turns 5 more yards and finishes.
2016 NFL Scouting Combine schedule of events
Friday, Feb. 26
Workouts for running backs, offensive linemen and special team players; interviews for defensive linemen and linebackers
Saturday, Feb. 27
Workouts for quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends; interviews for defensive backs
Sunday, Feb. 28
Workouts for defensive linemen and linebackers
Monday, Feb. 29:
Workouts for defensive backs
By Andrew Smith