All eyes will be on Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis this week as an elite crop of former college football players enter the NFL Scouting Combine. They’re coming to make a statement, or in some cases, disprove statements that have been made about their abilities.
A strong combine performance can make or break aspiring professional football players’ draft stocks, after all.
It’s been that way since the origins of the event—then called the National Invitational Camp—in 1982.
Standardized testing in a variety of areas such as physical workouts, agility drills, weightlifting, intelligence and character will determine who is NFL-ready and who is not.
It’s a great tool for evaluating sub-Division I players too, as it measures specific skills that are hard to quantify due to that player’s performance against lesser competition.
Let’s take a look at some prospects who blew away scouts at the scouting combine and made a name for themselves in draft war rooms as a result.