The NFL Scouting Combine is taking place this week at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, with the on-field drills to continue on Friday, March 4. Once again, NFL Network will carry wall-to-wall coverage of the different drills starting at 4 p.m. ET and lasting until 10 p.m. ET.
The Scouting Combine is a week-long event that gives draft-eligible college players the chance to be evaluated, both physically and mentally, by NFL coaches, general managers, scouts, and other team executives. This year, 324 total players were invited to participate.
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The on-field drills all players take part in include the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill, and the 20-yard/60-yard shuttle. There also are position-specific drills designed to better evaluate prospects.
So if you're wondering, "What NFL Scouting Combine drills are on today?" know this: the running backs, offensive linemen, and specialists will be testing today, Friday, March 4.
- Thirty-six (36) running backs were invited to this year's Scouting Combine, just four fewer than the wide receiver position.
- Thirty-two different schools will be represented, with Baylor, Georgia, Ole Miss, and South Carolina each having two running backs to the Combine.
- Some of the names to watch at the position include (alphabetical order) Tyler Allgeier, James Cook, Breece Hall, Brian Robinson Jr., Isaiah Spiller, Kenneth Walker III, Zamir White, and Kyren Williams.
- In 2020, the "Duce Staley drill" and an inside routes drill were added for the running backs. The former is used to test a running back's vision while also dealing with obstacles in front of him. And at this year's Combine, running backs will reportedly run option routes instead of corner and post-corner routes.
- Fifty-eight (58) offensive linemen were invited to this year's Scouting Combine, a group that includes tackles, guards, and centers.
- Forty-three different schools will be represented, including seven FCS programs and one junior college, Culver-Stockton (Mo.) College.
- Thirteen schools are represented by two offensive linemen at the Combine, with Kentucky and LSU both sending three. The others with more than one OL are Arizona State, Boston College, Central Michigan, Georgia, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, San Diego State, Tulsa, and Virginia Tech.
- Some of the top prospects in this position group include tackles Evan Neal, Ikem Ekwonu, Charles Cross, and Trevor Penning, center Tyler Linderbaum, and guards Kenyon Green and Darian Kinnard. All of these are among Athlon Sports' top 32 players available in this year's draft. A potential sleeper to keep an eye on is Cam Jurgens.
- Neal, who is believed to be in the running to be the No. 1 overall pick, will not work out in Indianapolis, choosing to wait until his Alabama's Pro Day on March 30. Linderbaum isn't working out either as he's still recovering from a foot injury suffered during Iowa's bowl game.
- Some of the position-specific drills for offensive linemen have been revised this year to better assess in-game player movement. One of the newer drills that was added in 2020 is a screen drill that provides scouts and evaluators a better opportunity to see a lineman's speed when blocking on a screen pass.
- Nine specialists were invited to this year's Scouting Combine.
- This group is made up of five punters, three kickers, and one long snapper.