It's that time of year again. The NFL off-season is beginning to heat up and a big part of that is the NFL draft. But before the draft takes place, there is the NFL Combine. The Combine is a six day event where college athletes are invited to show off their skills in hopes of building their draft prospects.
While the official start of the combine is February 24, group workouts start Saturday February 27 and end Tuesday March 2 and feature 11 groups of athletes working out (by position) in front of more than 600 NFL personnel members at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
For athletes the combine consists of two sets of drills: workout drills and positional drills. Workout drills include the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 3 cone drill and shuttle run. Positional drills vary but are designed to measure the skill sets needed by players to succeed at a given position.
The first couple of days of the combine are more about getting to know the players. This is an opportunity for teams to talk with players, test their intelligence and see if they would be able to fit into their system on an intellectual standpoint.
For more information about the combine visit: http://www.nfl.com/combine