The NFL Scouting Combine starts up in Indianapolis on Thursday. While the TV-friendly events don't start until the weekend, some of the most important action has already begun. For players with injury concerns, medical exams and interviews with teams will be more important than 40-yard dash times and deep outs.
These 10 players all are hoping they can come through the combine the way Sam Bradford did. Bradford showed up to Indianapolis with big question marks regarding his throwing shoulder. By the time he left town, all those questions had been answered and he was on his way to being picked first overall by the St. Louis Rams.
The Bradford playbook will be in clear view all weekend in 2013. Almost every significant injury has been checked out by Dr. James Andrews, who cleared Bradford's shoulder, and all players have been prepped and re-prepped for how to answer the questions about their injuries and rehab process.
It's important to remember that in addition to injuries, surgeries and recoveries, teams will be looking to answer questions about function, fit and scheme. An injury to one player at one position on one team will not be the same to another, even if the injury seems similar. A knee injury or shoulder injury is never quite the same thing from player to player.
Here are notes on 10 of the top players (all but one expected to go by the time we get through the second round, according to B/R's draft expert Matt Miller) about their current status and what NFL teams will be looking for in Indianapolis, besides a St. Elmo's steak.