The NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis reaches a conclusion of sorts when the on-field drills wrap up on Sunday, March 6. NFL Network will carry wall-to-wall coverage of the final day of the different drills starting at 2 p.m. ET and lasting until 7 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 backs will be the last position group to test today, Sunday, March 6.
- Sixty-one (61) defensive backs were invited to this year's Scouting Combine, the most any position group.
- This group includes cornerbacks and safeties.
- Forty-five different schools will be represented, including three FCS programs (Florida A&M, Sam Houston, South Carolina State) and two Division II (Fayetteville State, Missouri Western State). Thirteen different FBS schools sent two or more defensive backs to the Combine led by Baylor and Cincinnati with three each.
- Derek Stingley Jr., the LSU cornerback and one of the top prospects overall, will not work out in Indianapolis as he's still recovering from a Lisfranc injury. Clemson corner Andrew Booth Jr. also will sit out the drills as he strained his quad in preparation for the Combine.
- Other top cornerback prospects expected to work out include Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner, Trent McDuffie, Derion Kendrick, and Kyler Gordon. The safeties to keep a close eye on include Kyle Hamilton, who is Athlon's No. 1 overall prospect in this year's draft, and Daxton Hill.
- A total of 22 defensive backs (14 corners, 8 safeties) made Athlon's top 100 prospect list, so there should be plenty of talent on display in Lucas Oil Stadium.
- Some of the position-specific drills for defensive backs have been revised this year to better assess in-game player movement. And several newer drills were introduced in 2020, the "Teryl Austin drill," which has the player backpedal before making a specified type of break to catch a ball within a defined window, as well as a line drill, the "box," and the "gauntlet."