On-field drills set to air in primetime starting Thursday
The NFL Scouting Combine has been going on at Lucas Oli Stadium in Indianapolis since Sunday, but the biggest draw of the event, the on-field workouts, will air in primetime starting on Thursday, Feb. 27. For the first time, NFL Network will carry wall-to-wall coverage of the different drills starting at 4 p.m. ET and on through 11 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, 337 total players were invited to participate in the Scouting Combine.
The on-field drills the 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. This year's Scouting Combine also will introduce 16 new position-specific drills designed to better evaluate prospects.
So if you're wondering, "What NFL Scouting Combine drills are on today?" know this: the quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends will be testing today, Thursday, Feb. 27.
Quarterbacks (Thurs., 4-11 p.m. ET)
- Seventeen (17) quarterbacks were invited to this year's Scouting Combine, including projected No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow. The Heisman Trophy winner will not throw or participate in workouts at the Scouting Combine, instead opting to do so at LSU's Pro Day on April 3.
- Tua Tagovailoa also won't be working out on the field this week as he has yet to receive medical clearance for his surgically-repaired hip. He said earlier this week that he intends to be cleared to throw during Alabama's Pro Day on April 9.
- All other invited quarterbacks are expected to work out, including Justin Herbert, Jacob Eason, Jalen Hurts, Jordan Love, Jake Fromm, and Nate Stanley.
- This year's new position-specific drill for quarterbacks is a timed smoke/now route drill and end zone fades have been added to the routes thrown list.
Wide Receivers (Thurs., 4-11 p.m. ET)
- Fifty-five (55) wide receivers were invited to this year's Scouting Combine.
- Forty-two different schools are represented at the position at the Scouting Combine. Two schools (Florida and Ohio State) sent three wide receivers. Nine others – Alabama, Colorado, Miami, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, and FCS member Rhode Island – sent two.
- All invited wide receivers are expected to work out, including potential first-round picks CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy, Tee Higgins, and Henry Ruggs III, as well as Brandon Aiyuk, Laviska Shenault Jr., Justin Jefferson, Chase Claypool, and former Navy quarterback Malcolm Perry.
- This year's new position-specific drill for wide receivers is an end zone fade route, which is replacing the toe tap drill.
Tight Ends (Thurs., 4-11 p.m. ET)
- Twenty (20) tight end were invited to this year's Scouting Combine.
- Nineteen schools are represented at the position with reigning national champion LSU the only with two.
- Thaddeus Moss is the only invited tight end reportedly not working out during the Scouting Combine, citing LSU's long season.
- Tight ends expected to work out include Notre Dame's Cole Kmet, a potential first-round pick according to some draft analysts, as well as a pair of FCS products – Dayton's Adam Trautman and Portland State's Charlie Taumoepeau. Another tight end to keep an eye on during the drills is Cincinnati's Josiah Deguara.
- This year's new position-specific drill for tight ends, just as it is for wide receivers, is an end zone fade route, which is replacing the toe tap drill.