NFL Combines

The NFL combines happens every February with over three hundred of the nation top college football players invited to participate at the National Invitational Camps in Indianapolis, Indiana at Lucas Oil Stadium (formerly known as the RCA Dome until 2008).

College football players will perform mentally and physically in front of NFL coaches scouts and general managers.

All 32 teams will send their top executives, NFL coaches, players personnel scouts and medical personnel will be on hand to evaluate, poke and prod, the nations top college football players who are eligible for the NFL draft.

I called this event, (the meat market), the reason I call it that is because of how they evaluate the players in the underwear, usually shirtless and shorts.

The college football players are on stage and stands with team doctors, coaches, scouts and top executives.

There's million's of dollars at stake and picking the wrong players will cost GM's and coaches theirs jobs and owner millions of dollars without compensation.

So I do understand the reasoning for the NFL Combines,they are relevant.

This is a six day job interview event which is a exciting time for athletes and a pivotal step for the players to achieve their dream of playing in the National Football League.

The NFL draft has become its own event and a hobby of mines that I start watching and researching players on what team will draft them. Of course I am always watching who the Atlanta Falcons will draft.

Tests/evaluations include:

  • 40-yard dash
  • Bench press (225 lb 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

NFL Combine Invitations

College football players attend the NFL scouting combines by invitation only. Every year, there are about 335 college football players invited.

Just about 250 players are invited before the bowl games are completed and to those who seasons have been completed. Underclassmen must confirm there draft status no later than mid January.

The NFL combines has grown in size and popularity, allowing general managers to evaluate college football prospects in a formal standardized atmosphere.

Players who performances at the NFL combines can affect, their draft status, salary and ultimately players career.

The NFL draft use a term the Workout Warrior which means a players draft stock can increased over the weekend based on his superior measurable qualities of size, speed, and strength in spite of a average or below average college career.

Scouting Organizations

There are 3 scouting organizations BLESTO, The National and Non-affiliated. The BLESTO has eight NFL franchises, and the National has eighteen teams.

The non-affiliated has six NFL franchise which relies on its in-house scout staff.

BLESTOThe NationalNon-Affiliated
Buffalo BillsArizona CardinalsBaltimore Ravens
Detroit LionsAtlanta FalconsChicago Bears
Jacksonville JaguarsCarolina PanthersCleveland Browns
Miami DolphinsCincinnati BengalsIndianapolis Colts
Minnesota VikingsDallas CowboysNew England Patriots
New York GiantsDenver BroncosOakland Raiders
Pittsburgh SteelersGreen Bay Packers
Washington RedskinsHouston Texans
Kansas City Chiefs
New Orleans Saints
New York Jets
Philadelphia Eagles
St. Louis Rams
San Diego Chargers
San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tennessee Titans

NFL Draft Advisory Board

The draft advisory board are NFL scouting experts, and NFL team executives who makes prediction on where college football players will be drafted in the NFL Draft.

College football players who are eligible and who are considering entering the draft can request the opinions of where they will be drafted from the NFL draft advisory board.

There are plenty of well known college football reporting scouts, such as Mel Kiper Jr and Scouts Inc.

The information that is given has been proven and fairly accurate, which can help college football players to determine whether to enter the draft or continue playing college football while improving their NFL draft chances.

Pro Day

Every College University has a Pro Day, this is where NFL scouts are allow to watch college football players participate in Combine workouts.

These workouts take place because player feel more comfortable at their university campus than they do at the NFL combines.

College football teams who produce a large quantity of NFL Players usually generate a huge interest from scouts and NFL coaches at their University Pro Day.