The 2013 NFL draft is still two months away, but the scouting combine began on Thursday. Dozens of NFL scouts timed, measured and evaluated the nation’s top collegiate football players to determine whether they could be successful at the next level.
This can be a make-or-break day for many players. Those seen as borderline first-round prospects can boost their stock with a better-than-expected 40-yard dash. Likewise, those who run a step too slow will drop. Height and weight will affect where a player goes, as will how he fares in the interview process, bench press, broad jump and more.
The Philadelphia Eagles own the fourth overall pick in the draft. It’s the highest selection for the team since 1999, when Andy Reid chose Donovan McNabb with his first move as head coach. Chip Kelly has the same opportunity to put the Eagles on the right track with his first selection.