The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine takes place from February 23-26 at Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis Colts Stadium), Indianapolis, Indiana. The NFL Scouting Combine is where more than 300 top football prospects will continue their quest to achieve the NFL dreams. The Combine is the biggest “job interview” for top NFL prospects coming out of College. At this year’s Combine, top College football players will spend four days weighing in; being measured; and will be mentally and physically evaluated. The athletes who participate at the NFL Scouting Combine attend by invitation only. This is where the top-tier football players get to improve their stocks in front of NFL coaches, general managers, and scouts.
The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine workout schedule is as follows:
• Saturday, Feb. 23: Tight ends, offensive linemen, special teams
• Sunday, Feb. 24: Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers
• Monday, Feb. 25: Defensive linemen, linebackers
• Tuesday, Feb. 26: Defensive backs
Performance at the NFL Com bine can affect an athlete’s life; determine his draft status; NFL salary and ultimately his career. Despite a subpar college career, a football player can have an outstanding combine—causing his “draft stock” to rise. A player’s improved “draft stock” is based on a few attributes including his measureable qualities such as sheer size, strength (number of bench presses), and speed—thereby giving new meaning to the term “workout warrior”.
The NFL Combine is also the place where an athlete can cause significant damage to his stock as well as cause himself significant loss of money.
Day one at this year’s Combine had nothing to do with Tight ends, O-linemen, or special teams—Instead it had everything to do with the media frenzy (an estimated 200 sport reporters) surrounding Manti Te’o (former Notre Dame DE, and Heisman Trophy runner-up). Less than five weeks removed from the internet hoax of his fake dead-girlfriend, Te’o spend most of his time at a press conference on Saturday addressing questions about the hoax, with just a few questions about football.
Before the media frenzy, Te’o managed to interview with two NFL teams (Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers) on Friday. News out of the Combine reports that he is also scheduled to interview with 18 more teams over the next few days.
With eight weeks to go before the NFL Draft in April—regardless to what top performances other plays display over the next few days at the Scouting Combine—the Manti Te’o story will not be going away anytime soon.
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