The NFL Scouting Combine continues this weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, with the on-field drills continuing on Saturday, March 5. Once again, NFL Network will carry wall-to-wall coverage of the different drills starting at 4 p.m. ET and lasting until 9 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 defensive linemen and linebackers will be testing today, Saturday, March 5.
- Forty-eight (48) defensive linemen were invited to this year's Scouting Combine, 10 fewer than their counterparts on the other side of the ball.
- This group includes defensive ends and tackles, as well as those that may be labeled as an edge rusher.
- Thirty-five different schools will be represented, with eight sending at least two defensive linemen to the Combine. Texas A&M leads the way with four, followed by Georgia, Michigan, and Oklahoma with three each. The other schools with at least two are Alabama, Kentucky, Ohio State, and Penn State.
- Some of the top prospects among the defensive linemen to watch closely include Aidan Hutchinson and Kayvon Thibodeaux, either of whom could go No. 1 overall, as well as Travon Walker, David Ojabo, George Karlaftis, DeMarvin Leal, and Jordan Davis.
- Some of the position-specific drills for defensive linemen have been revised this year to better assess in-game player movement. Newer drills that were added in 2020 are the "run and club" and "run the hoop."
- Thirty-six (36) linebackers were invited to this year's Scouting Combine. This ground includes both inside and outside linebackers, as well as those that may be labeled as an edge rusher.
- Thirty-one different schools will be represented with just three sending two or more linebackers to the Combine. Georgia leads with three, all of whom rank among the top 100 prospects overall. Alabama and Wisconsin are the other two schools with two linebackers.
- Linebackers to keep an eye during the workouts include Devin Lloyd, Christian Harris, and Damone Clark. Nakobe Dean, a top-10 overall prospect, reportedly will not participate in the drills in Indianapolis and instead work out for scouts during Georgia's Pro Day on March 16,
- Some of the position-specific drills for linebackers have been revised this year to better assess in-game player movement. In 2020, a modified "shuffle, sprint, change of direction" drill was introduced as well as a "short zone breaks" drill.