2014 NFL Scouting Combine: A Complete Guide to This Year's Event

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IFebruary 18, 2014

2014 NFL Scouting Combine: A Complete Guide to This Year's Event

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    Before you plop on the couch and flip to the NFL Network for the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, read this article to fully prepare yourself for the biggest pre-draft event inside Lucas Oil Stadium. 

    All the top prospects will be in attendance looking to prove themselves athletically to scouts, coaches and general managers. 

    Oh, there'll be interviews, too. Lots of interviews. 

    Here's the complete guide to this year's Under Armour Olympics. 

NFL Combine General Information

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    When

    February 19 - 25 

    Where

    Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.

    TV

    NFL Network (Begins at 9 a.m. ET on February 22)

    Live Stream:

    NFL.com Combine Live

     

    This pre-draft evaluation event has been in existence since 1982—was known as the National Invitation Camp then—and has been in Indianapolis, Ind. since 1987. 

    A whopping 335 college prospects received invites to the 2014 combine, including a record 85 underclassmen. 

    Mike Mayock, Charles Davis and the rest of the NFL Network crew will handle the TV broadcast of the combine workouts, which begin the morning of Saturday, February 22 and run through Tuesday, February 25. 

     

List of Workouts

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    Not every prospect will participate in every drill, but some will. 

    Here's a list of all the drills at the combine—the majority are on-field, but a few of the strength tests are done in the weight room. 

    • 40-yard dash 

    Record Holder: Chris Johnson, RB, 2008 - 4.24

    • Bench press

    Record Holder: Stephen Paea, DL,  2011 - 49 reps

    • Vertical jump

    Record Holder: Donald Washington, CB, 2009 - 45 inches

    • Broad jump

    Record Holder: Jamie Collins, LB, 2013 - 11 feet, 7 inches

    • 3 cone drill

    Record Holder: Jeffrey Maehl, WR, 2011 - 6.42 seconds

    • 20-yard shuttle run

    Record Holder: Jason Allen, CB, 2007 - 3.81 seconds

    • 60-yard shuttle run

    Record Holder: Jamell Fleming, CB, 2012 - 10.75

    A full list of 2014 Combine Invitees can be found here, via NFLCombine.net.

Pre-Workout Activities: February 19, 20, 21

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    From Wednesday, February 19 to Saturday, February 22, players arrive at Lucas Oil Stadium based on their positional groupings. 

    After check-in, the prospects are interviewed by NFL teams and are sent through medical testing.  

    Day 1 Arrivals: Wednesday, February 19

    Offensive Linemen, Tight Ends, Specialists 

    Day 2 Arrivals: Thursday, February 20

    Quarterbacks, Running Backs, Wide Receivers

    Day 3 Arrivals: Friday, February 21 

    Defensive Linemen, Linebackers

    Day 4 Arrivals: Saturday, February 22  

    Defensive Backs

    (*The defensive backs arrive on Saturday, February 22 when the offensive linemen and tight ends complete their on-field workouts. Cornerbacks and safeties will be the last group to go through on-field drills and other workouts on Tuesday, February 25.)

     

    While the public only sees the on-field workouts and drills, the interview and medical processes might be just as, if not more important to the NFL teams. 

    During the 15-minute interviews, scouts, coaches and general managers try their best to get to know each prospect on a personal level. 

    Also, medical red flags can pop up at the combine after the physicals. Last year, doctors discovered that Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei had a heart condition, which rendered him inactive for the combine. 

February 22, Day 4:

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    Positional Workouts

    Tight ends, offensive linemen, specialists

     

    What to Watch For

    The combine will get off to a captivating start with plenty of expected first-round picks in this group. North Carolina's Eric Ebron, Xavier Su'a-Filo from UCLA, Texas Tech's Jace Amaro and Greg Robinson from Auburn were all tremendously springy and athletic on tape, therefore it'll be interesting to monitor how they move in the on-field drills and in the famed 40-yard dash. 

    With a strong showing in Indianapolis, Robinson can probably lock himself into the Top 10. 

    The other offensive tackles could do themselves a favor by testing comparably to Robinson from footwork and athleticism standpoints. 

     

    Top Participating Prospects

    • Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
    • Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech 
    • Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
    • Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington 
    • David Yankey, OG, Stanford 
    • Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA 
    • Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn 
    • Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
    • Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan 
    • Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

     

February 23, Day 5:

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    Positional Workouts

    Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers

     

    What to Watch For

    As usual, the quarterbacks and offensive skill-position talent will make for the flashiest day of workouts at the combine. 

    Some of the top signal-callers have decided to wait until their respective Pro Days to throw in front of scouts, coaches and media, but they're all expected to run and test their athleticism in other drills. 

    Sammy Watkins from Clemson was one of the most explosive players in college football over the past three seasons. One has to imagine if he runs a sub-4.40 he's another Top 10 lock. 

    Other intriguing prospects in this group include: Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon State's Brandin Cooks, Southern California's Marqise Lee, Texas A&M's Mike Evans and Kelvin Benjamin from Florida State.

    We know they're all sound football players, but it'll be amusing to see how fast they run and how fluidly they move through the on-field drills.

     

    Top Participating Prospects

    • Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
    • Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
    • Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
    • Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
    • David Fales, QB, Fresno State
    • AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
    • Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
    • Tre Mason, RB, Auburn 
    • Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington 
    • De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
    • Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
    • Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State
    • Jeremy Hill, RB, Louisiana State
    • Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
    • Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia
    • Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
    • Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
    • Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
    • Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California
    • Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
    • Odell Beckham Jr. WR, Louisiana State
    • Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
    • Josh Huff, WR, Oregon
    • Jarvis Landry, WR, Louisiana State
    • Donte Moncrief, WR, Mississippi
    • Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
    • Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
    • Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

February 24, Day 6:

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    Positional Workouts

    Defensive linemen, linebackers

     

    What to Watch For

    South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney very well may put on one of the most impressive showings in combine history this weekend. He should measure in around 6'6'' and 270 pounds and exhibited freakish athleticism in college.

    UCLA's Anthony Barr is a former tight end who should test well, as should the agile Kyle Van Noy from Brigham Young.

    To some, Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald is undersized to play defensive tackle in the NFL because he's under 300 pounds, but he's a quick-twitch athlete who has a prime opportunity to exhibit his special movement skills in Indy. 

    Louis Nix III's career at Notre Dame was cut short due to injury. However, he's a versatile defensive lineman and is relatively fleet of foot for a 335-340-pound front-seven player. 

    Stanford's Shayne Skov is a downhill thumper at inside linebacker—not a guy NFL teams will ask to go sideline-to-sideline much. A similar prospect to Brandon Spikes who came out in 2010, Skov's draft stock could hinge on his 40 time.  

     

    Top Participating Prospects

    • Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
    • Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo 
    • Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
    • Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
    • Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
    • Ra'Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota
    • Louis Nix III, DL, Notre Dame
    • Stephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame
    • Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford
    • Jerry Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech 
    • Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
    • C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
    • Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford
    • Kyle Van Noy, LB, Brigham Young
    • Telvin Smith, LB, Florida State

February 25, Day 7:

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    Positional Workouts

    Defensive backs

     

    What to Watch For 

    Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is the headliner of this group. He's a tenacious free safety with range and sound ball skills. While his play in the SEC made him, arguably, the top safety in the class, he needs to showcase his speed and fluid hips during the on-field workouts. 

    Calvin Pryor from Louisville is another safety who's created some buzz as a similar prospect to Clinton-Dix. The two will be battling in each drill. 

    There's not even close to a consensus top cornerback, so Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard, Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert and TCU's Jason Verrett could be jockeying for the No. 1 spot as March approaches. A strong performance in Indy will go a long way for any of the boundary defenders. 

    Don't forget about Nebraska's Stanley Jean-Baptiste. Like Richard Sherman, he's a former wide receiver and is much more of a tall, lanky corner than a smaller, speedier one. If Jean-Baptiste runs well and isn't severely tight in the hips, he'll help his already rising stock.

    After an exceptional Senior Bowl week that culminated with an interception in the game, Lindenwood's Pierre Desir is another prospect worth monitoring at the combine. 

     

    Top Participating Prospects

    • Dion Bailey, SS, Southern California
    • Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson
    • Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State
    • Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
    • Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
    • Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
    • Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
    • Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
    • LaMarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State
    • Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
    • Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville
    • Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
    • Jason Verrett, CB, Texas Christian
    • Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois