Unless you are a hardcore NFL Draft junkie, you may not know that the NFL Scouting Combine began on Tuesday, Feb 28. However, the first two days are basically orientation, interviews, measurements and medical exams. The third day is more of the above but also the bench press. The fourth day is when the workouts happen.
The event has eleven positions divided up among four four-day schedules. 330 players have been invited. Among them are 77 juniors/RS sophomores.
Group 1 (PK, ST, OL), Group 2 (OL), Group 3 (RB)
Arrival: Tuesday, February 28
Workout: Friday, March 3
BUILT BY ‘BAMA: Only offensive tackle Cam Robinson is part of this group. He grades very high and should be a first round pick, likely the first offensive lineman taken.
OTHERS: Friday might be an interesting day to watch running backs workout: Wayne Gallman, Dalvin Cook, Stanley “Boom” Williams, Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey, and Alvin Kamara, among others.
Group 4 (QB, WR), Group 5 (QB, WR), Group 6 (TE)
Arrival: Wednesday, March 1
Workout: Saturday, March 4
BUILT BY ‘BAMA: Tight end O.J. Howard will probably be the first tight end selected and is expected to be a first day pick. Wide receiver ArDarius Stewart projects to Rounds 3 or 4.
OTHERS: Former UNC Mitch Trubisky could be a top five pick but the other QB prospects are a bit lacking. Deshaun Watson, Pat Mahomes, and DeShone Kizer may not grade as high but it’s a quarterback league. They will all probably be first rounders. Ole Miss TE Evan Engram lost money by returning for his senior year. The Jags will be represented by South Alabama TE Gerald Everett, a potential Day Two pick.
Group 7 (DL), Group 8 (DL), Group 9 (LB)
Arrival: Thursday, March 2
Workout: Sunday, March 5
BUILT BY ‘BAMA: DL Jonathan Allen, LB Ryan Anderson, LB Reuben Foster, DL Dalvin Tomlinson, LB Tim Williams. With five Alabama participants, Sunday should be a fun day for Tide fans to tune into the Combine.
OTHERS: How much work if any will projected top five pick TAMU’s Myles Garrett put in? Tennessee’s Derek Barnett projects first day as well. Vanderbilt LB Zach Cunningham (Pinson, AL) is also one to watch.
Group 10 (DB), Group 11 (DB)
Arrival: Friday, March 3
Workout: Monday, March 6
BUILT BY ‘BAMA: Cornerback Marlon Humphrey is looking like a first day selection. Scouts will be paying close attention to the health of safety Eddie Jackson.
OTHERS: LSU’s Jamal Adams and Tre'Davious White, Florida’s Jalen Tabor, Quincy Wilson and Jarrad Davis, Southern Cal’s Adoree Jackson.
NFL Network will have wall-to-wall coverage. ESPN will have weekday reports 12:30-1:30pm CT.