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The 2013 NFL Combine is here. 2013 NFL Draft prospects are arriving in Indianapolis for the Underwear Olympics, which begin today and will continue through the weekend into Tuesday. Learn more below about the Combine schedule, drills and workouts, Wonderlic Test, GM and coach interviews and lots more to read before the start of the Combine.
Who is eligible for the Combine (via NFLCombine.net)?
All college seniors immediately following their final year of collegiate eligibility.
Any underclassmen who declare for the NFL draft and satisfy all NCAA and NFL requirements are eligible.
An athlete who is not playing collegiate football may qualify under a special circumstance in the year that correlates to his natural draft year had he been playing college football.
Who's going to the Combine?
What's the weekend schedule?
There are four different groups of players coming to the Combine, sorted by position group.
Day 1 arrival: offensive lineman, tight ends, special teams, place kicker
Day 2 arrival: quarterbacks, receivers, running backs
Day 3 arrival: defensive line, linebackers
Day 4 arrival: defensive backs
Each group will go through the same schedule, just staggered by which day they arrive.
Day 1 schedule: Travel to Indianapolis, registration, hospital pre-exam and x-rays, orientation, interviews
Day 2 schedule: Measurements, medical examinations, media, interviews
Day 3 schedule: NFLPA meeting, psychological testing, PK/ST workout, bench press, interviews
Day 4 schedule: On-field workout (timing, stations, skill drills), departure from Indianapolis
Day 1 arrivals have completed their day 1 schedule and are moving onto the day 2 schedule on Thursday. Day 2 arrivals are starting their schedule on Thursday. Day 3 arrivals will be in Indy on Friday and Day 4 arrivals will come on Saturday, which means the Combine won't be over until next Tuesday.
How can I watch this on TV?
On Thursday and Friday NFL Network will be providing press conference coverage at 1:00 p.m. (Arrowhead Time). The actual drills don't start until Saturday and NFL Network will be there to air those each day at 8:00 a.m. (Arrowhead Time).
Via the NFL Network release: "Live coverage of on-field workouts begins Saturday, February 23 at 9:00 AM ET with the offensive linemen,tight ends and kickers, and continues with the running backs, quarterbacks and wide receivers on Sunday, February 24, linebackers and defensive linemen on Monday, February 25 and defensive backs on Tuesday, February 26. Coverage of workouts begins each day at 9:00 AM ET."
What workouts will they do?
Click the link for more on the history of that workout.
There are also position-specific drills, which you can read about here. For Chiefs fans, just go straight to the page on quarterback drills.
What numbers do each type of prospect want to hit? This is a great chart breaking that down.
Do they still do the Wonderlic test?
Yes. And scores will be leaked once again, media will report it, other media will complain that Combine scores shouldn't be leaked (which is a crock of you know what) and get all uppity about it. Happens every single year.
This year, though, the Wonderlic has a new friend. The league is adding a new aptitude test as a counterpart to the Wonderlic. Read more about that here.
Will Rich Eisen break his 40-yard dash record of 6.03 seconds?
You be the judge.
The most valuable part of the Combine: Interviews and the medicals
Teams will get to interview 60 players for 15 minutes apiece this weekend and it's the most valuable part of the weekend. The workouts are important, sure, but the interviews will give teams an opportunity to confront the player about any issues he had during the season. They'll ask a lot of weird questions, like the time the Dolphins' Jeff Ireland asked Dez Bryant if his mom was a prostitute.
The medical reports teams will receive is also extremely important, especially for those guys you have questions on.
All eyes on: Manti Te'o
Ever since Deadspin's fake girlfriend story, teams have been waiting on Te'o. Is he a kid who got caught up in a strange situation and didn't know what to do? Or do you focus on when he started lying about it, and why? I think teams are going to investigate this and it might hurt Te'o a little but he remains a first round pick.
All Chiefs fans eyes on: Geno Smith
He will throw at the Combine and do a full work out. Since Geno wasn't at the Senior Bowl, this is a major moment for him and it's one of the first times we'll really get to sit down and listen to what he has to say about playing in the league.
Geno will meet the media on Friday. He will work out on Sunday.
Who won't work out?
Couple of quarterbacks. Miami (Ohio) QB Zac Dysert hurt himself and won't work out. USC's Matt Barkley, unfortunately, will not throw either. He's got a shoulder injury from last season.
This is unlike years past where the top quarterbacks just chose not to throw. Geno Smith is throwing and Barkley is injured, so it's not his choice.
Will we hear from Andy Reid and John Dorsey?
Yes! Almost everyone GM and/or coach will speak.
2:00 p.m. (Arrowhead Time) on Thursday for Andy Reid.
11:45 a.m. (Arrowhead Time) on Friday for John Dorsey.
Keep this handy
What else should I read to get ready for this?
Follow these people, who are on the scene in Indy: