I know those invitations are going out, and some are getting announced here and there. A full list will likely be available after the Super Bowl...as all eyes turn to the Draft
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Tyler Bray, Colby Cameron and James Vandenberg will wing it out at the Combine.
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Tony Viliotti reports (NFP.com):
Raider staff got invite!
2013 is what it is, 2nd step of a 3 step rebuilding process. Just Win... as many as we can... Baby!
Looks like Geno Smith and Matt Barkley will opt to fully workout at the combine according to ESPN blogs.
Indeed the primary purpose of the combine is to centralize medical testing of the players. And no player will get more scrutiny from the NFL medical community this week than former South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore who is trying to comeback from a second torn ACL. Lattimore suffered a gruesome injury in October when the ACL PCL and MCL in his right knee, just a year after tearing the ACL in the other knee. There were initial reports that Lattimore, who had been considered to be the top prospect at the position prior to the latest injury, likely would not be able to play until 2014, however, the former Game****s’ star claims to be about three months ahead of schedule in his rehab and actually hopes to run for pro scouts - though not at full speed - prior to the draft in April. And according to Dr. James Andrews there is a chance that Lattimore, who is still projected to be a mid-round pick this spring, could play at some point next fall.
California WR Keenan Allen has confirmed that he will not be able to workout at this week’s scouting combine as he is still recovering from a torn PCL suffered late last season. Allen, one of the top 2-3 WR prospects for the upcoming draft, also likely won’t be 100% for Cal’s pro day on March 14,but hopes to be able to run for pro teams at a private pro workout in April.
Meanwhile, Purdue DT Kawann Short has a hamstring injury that will prevent him from participating in drills in Indianapolis later this week. Instead, Short, who has started to generate some late-first round buzz, will workout for teams at the Purdue pro day on March 25.
If history is any indication, the large majority of players selected at this coming April’s draft will be in Indianapolis this week. In fact, because NFL personnel departments have a major input into which players are invited to the combine, the list of players (broken down by position) in Indianapolis by itself offers some clues as to what boards around the league are starting to look like.
On the one hand, D1A players that were invited to this year’s that were maybe a little - and in several cases more than a little - under the draft radar include Houston CB D.J. Hayden, OGs Eric Herman of Ohio and Umass’ OG Sephane Milhim, and RB George Winn and WR Kenbrell Tompkins of Cincinnati.
Meanwhile, lower levels prospects who for all intents and purposes will be introduced to the nation at the combine include WRs Ryan Padola of Lehigh and Jacksonville State’s WR Alan Bonner, Youngstown State OT Lamar Mady, DTs Nick Williams of Samford and East Central’s Armonty Bryant, ILB Brandon Hepburn of Florida A&M and Sam Houston State CB Dax Swanson.
Even more telling perhaps were the players who were not invited to the combine. Among prominent names not in Indianapolis this week are QBs Alex Carder of Western Michigan, Nick Florence of Baylor, Vanderbilt's Jordan Rodgers, and Seth Doege of Texas Tech; Arizona WR Dan Buckner; Alabama TE Michael Williams, Western Michigan OT Dann O'Neill; DEs Wes Horton of Southern Cal, Craig Roh of Michigan and Princeton's Mike Catapano; DTs Will Pericak of Colorado and Michigan's William Campbell; Florida State MLB Vince Williams; Oklahoma CB Demontre Hurst; and safeties Rashard Hall of Clemson and Cooper Taylor of Richmond.
By the numbers: Previewing the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine
by Colin Lindsay, Editor and Publisher, Great Blue North Draft Report
Arguably, the most important week of the pre-draft testing period gets underway in Indianapolis on Wednesday with the start of the annual scouting combine. Just over 330 NFL draft hopefuls will be poked and prodded, as well as tested both mentally and physically as they go through what amounts to a pressure cooker job interview. Players are broken into 4 groups each of which which will undergo 4 full days of testing. The week will be lead off with the TEs and offensive lineman which start their week in Indianapolis on Wednesday and run through Saturday, followed by Group 2, which includes the QBs, WRs and RBs, which goes from Thursday through Sunday; Group 3, which includes the LBs and defensive linemen, runs from Friday through Monday; and Group 4, which includes the corners and safeties and runs Saturday through Tuesday. Of course, not all players will do a full workout, as over the years many of the very top prospects have opted to wait until their own school’s pro day or a private workout to run the 40 and participate in position drills.
The first day for each group involves registration and orientation, with the players also undergoing preliminary medical tests and getting basic x-rays. The second day involves the weigh-in, along with more medical tests, as well as some psychological testing. On the third day, players meet the players association and undergo further pyschological testing; they also undergo strength testing. Finally on the fourth day players hit the field for physical skills test and as well as positional drills. The physical tests include running the 40 - the gold standard for draft propsects - as well as the 3-cone drill, 20- and 60-yard shuttles, broad jump and vertical leap.
As well, on each of the first three days players can be interviewed by individual teams. However, every team is limited to interviewing just 60 player and have to submit a list in advance of the players they wish to interview. As well, each interview is limited to only 15 minutes meaning the players are under immense pressure as it may be the first and possibly only time they have direct contact with NFL coaches and general managers. In particular, during the interviews, players will be asked to explain any past off-field indiscretions; teams will also put them in front of a chalk board and test their football acumen.
The on-field physical testing begins on Saturday when the offfensive linemen and TEs hit the field, while the offensive skill people, including the QBs, work out on Sunday, followed by the defensive linemen and LBs on Monday and the DBs on Tuesday. And while the combine used to be run with all the secrecy of a meeting of the national secrity agency, the event is now carried by the NFL Network with their in-depth coverage to start with the on-field workouts on Saturday. The NFL even permits limited media attendance at the workouts.
While the physical testing gets most of the press, the heart-and-soul of the combine are the medical exams. Indeed, the combine came about in the early 1980s to centralize the medical tests so players wouldn't have to undergo the same procedure for 32 different teams. In fact, every NFL team will have their entire medical and training staffs in Indianapolis going over the medical history, X-rays and MRI results of the prospects. As well, players who have had a surgery in college or high school will be asked to go for additional tests. And players with serious medical concerns may be recalled in early April for further tests.
Road to the draft runs thru Indy… There is also no question that the scouting combine is a key aspect of the pre-draft process. Last year, for example, 85% of the 253 players selected at the 2012 draft participated in last February's scouting combine. In fact, players who attended the combine as a percentage of those actually drafted has been remarkably constant at around 85% over the past few years. As well, the vast majority of players taken in the early rounds of recent drafts have been combine inviteees, while almost all drafted players who had not been invited to the combine have been chosen in the later rounds. In 2012, for example, 92 of the 95 players selected within the first three rounds were at the combine, while the previous year every player chosen on one of the draft's first two days was a combine invitee. In contrast, almost three out of four of those who were drafted despite not getting invited to the combine - 28 of 38 - were chosen in either the 6th or 7th rounds with 17 (45%) of those coming in the final round. However, even in the late rounds the majority of players drafted went ot the combine. Indeed, in 2012, 76% of players selected in the 6th round were invited to the combine, while the figure was 63% for the final round. For the record, the first non-combine invitee taken at the 2012 draft was former Illinois FS Tavon Wilson who was selected 48th overall in the 2nd round by New England, while Houston chose OG Brandon Brooks in the 3rd round with the 76th pick and Chicago grabbed DB Brandon Hardin three picks later.
At the same time, simply getting an invite to the combine is not a guarantee that a player will ultimately being drafted, although it certainly is a good start. In fact, of the 328 players at the 2012 combine, 65% were ultimately drafted, another figure that has been remarkably consistent in recent years. That figure, though, does vary on a yearby-year basis for different positions. In 2010, for example, TEs, defensive linemen and OTs attending the combine had a better than average likelihood of ultimately being drafted, while in 2011 CBs who attended the combine were the most likely to be drafted. This past year, though, 16 of 18 OLBs (89%) that attended the combine were drafted, while the figure was 74% for OGs around 70% for both DEs and DTs, as well as TEs and CBs. In contrast, the figure was under 60% for QBs (58%), RBs (57%) and safeties (55%).
Let the games begin: One of the enduring debates is whether NFL teams should put more stock in college productiviy of the measurables produced at the combine. However, while the media - and not a few actual NFL personnel people - make a fuss when a player stands on their head at the combine, the fact is that with a few well-documented exceptions over the years teams do place a much greater emphasis on football productivity. Indeed, what most teams do when a player puts on an athletic show at the combine is head back to the tape for further evaluation. And there may be more than one team heading back to the tape room for another look this year as there are a number of players with the athletic ability to blow the place up.
Texas WR Marquise Goodwin, for example, doubles as a world class track athlete who actually represented the US at the Summer Olymics in London prior to the start of the 2012 season. Meanwhile, West Virginia WR Tavon Austin is also expected to blaze some unreal 40 times. The most impressive WR though could be Justin Hunter of Tennessee who reportedly can jump through the roof, but had a disappointing year last fall after tearing an ACL in 2011. Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson, a one-time QB and receiver, has reporedly been running the 40 in under 4.7 seconds at pre-combine workouts
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