NFL Combine

25 02 2012

This weekend marks one of the biggest events and spectacles in the NFL off season: The NFL Combine. The combine features over 300 top NFL prospects jockeying for a higher draft choice and a more lucrative financial contract.

Here is a the itinerary of the combine:

The combine is not only an event to assess potential NFL players, but also an opportunity for agents and general mangers to start talking about contract negotiations of players already in the league.

The process of the combine can be grueling. From being prodded and poked by every team’s medical staff, to numerous interviews with scouts, general mangers, coaches and massive contingent of media members. The combine is a four day job interview with millions of dollars at stake.

Today the offensive line goes through the various on-field drills. Here is an example of one the drills presented by NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock.

The combine is also a chance for non-Division I athletes to showcase their skills and get noticed. Most of these players rarely play on television, and the combine allows these players to be better acquainted with teams and their evaluating staff.

Here is a list of some small school athletes that I will personally be focusing on:

Janoris Jenkins North Alabama

Amini Silatolu Midwestern State

Dontari Poe Memphis

Josh Norman Coastal Carolina

Trumaine Johnson

Check back this week for my reactions from the event, and who I believe were ‘risers‘ and ‘fallers’. Tune into NFL Network and enjoy the weekend!