What: NFL Scouting Combine
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
When: Feb 22-28, 2012 (click here for day-to-day schedule)
The NFL combine allows top prospects, through a series of workouts and drills, to solidify their draft status. A strong performance can help players climb up several spots—a bad one has the reverse effect, even sliding some all the way out of the draft.
For other participants, however, the combine is exposure that few have ever received at this point in their young careers. A mere 88 of the 300-plus total invitees to this year's event are from non-BCS schools, with an even smaller amount hailing from NAIA and FSC programs. Even those from acclaimed universities are often overshadowed by their blue-chip teammates.
For these lesser known athletes, their futures hinge on what occurs this upcoming week inside Lucas Oil Stadium.
Scouts from each NFL team will be in attendance ready to scrutinize, dissect and peruse every facet of every prospect. Not a single inch will escape the microscope they are to perform under.
Here are five relatively unknown prospects destined to fade out of obscurity and into the San Francisco 49ers' radar.