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NFL 2017 Scouting Combine - Player Schedule

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NFL Scouting Combine

The best college football players are invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, In. This year 330 players will show up for extensive testing over a week as a critical part of the scouting progress for the NFL Draft. Top executives, coaching staffs, Player Personnel departments and Medical personnel from all 32 NFL teams will be on hand to evaluate the nation’s top college players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft. This intense, four-day job interview is an exciting time for the athletes and a vital step in achieving their dreams of playing in the NFL.

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With increasing interest in the NFL draft, the scouting combine has grown in scope and significance, allowing personnel directors to evaluate upcoming prospects in a standardized setting. Its origins have evolved from the National, BLESTO and Quadra Scouting organizations in 1977 to the media event it has become today.

Photo - WR 'Zay' Jones - East Carolina

Athletes attend by invitation only. Implications of an athlete's performance during the combine can affect their draft status and salary, and ultimately their career. The draft has popularized the term "workout warrior", whereby an athlete's "draft stock" is increased based on superior measurable qualities such as size, speed, and strength, despite having an average or sub-par college career.

The NFL Scouting Combine will be held February 28 - March 6, 2017

Schedule for on-field workouts by position at the NFL Combine:
March 3 – Running Backs, Offensive Line, Special Teams
March 4 – Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, Tight Ends
March 5 – Defensive Line, Linebackers
March 6 – Defensive Backs

Player Group Schedule
DAY 1 ARRIVALS*: Group 1 (PK, ST, OL), Group 2 (OL), Group 3 (RB)
Tuesday - February 28 - Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Overflow Testing ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Wednesday - March 1 - Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Overflow Testing ~ Interviews
Thursday - March 2 - Psychological Testing ~ NFLPA Meeting ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Media ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Friday - March 3 - On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

DAY 2 ARRIVALS*: Group 4 (QB, WO), Group 5 (QB, WO), Group 6 (TE)
Wednesday March 1 - Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~
Overflow Testing ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Thursday - March 2 - Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Overflow Testing ~ Interviews
Friday - March 3 - Psychological Testing ~ NFLPA Meeting ~ Media ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Saturday - March 4 - On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure

DAY 3 ARRIVALS*: Group 7 (DL), Group 8 (DL), Group 9 (LB)
Thursday - March 2 - Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~
Overflow Testing ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Friday - March 3 - Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Overflow Testing ~ Interviews
Saturday - March 4 - Psychological Testing ~ NFLPA Meeting ~ Media ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Sunday - March 5 - On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure

DAY 4 ARRIVALS: Group 10 (DB), Group 11 (DB)
Friday - March 3 - Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Overflow Testing ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Saturday - March 4 - Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Overflow Testing ~ Interviews
Sunday - March 5 - Psychological Testing ~ NFLPA Meeting ~ Media ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Monday - March 6 - On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

* Select players from any Group may arrive one day prior to their scheduled date listed above in order to assist with medical scheduling. This will be based on flight schedules and medical tests only and no players arriving early will have advanced contact with teams.

How are players selected for the NFL Combine?
Participants are determined annually by a Selection Committee. The Directors of both National and BLESTO scouting services, which combined represent twenty-five NFL teams, are joined by members of various NFL player personnel departments to form the committee. The participating NFL executives can rotate on a yearly basis, and remain anonymous. ALL eligible players are reviewed and voted on by the committee members. Each athlete receiving the necessary number of votes, by position, is then extended an invitation. While it is not a perfect science, the goal of the committee is to invite every player that will be drafted in the ensuing NFL Draft.

Tests/ Evaluations include:
40-yard dash
Bench press (225 lbs. repetitions)
Vertical jump
Broad jump
20 yard shuttle
3 cone drill
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
The Wonderlic test