The first phase of the long, arduous offseason is finally here! The most highly-prized college prospects come together to be ogled and evaluated by older men with clipboards and stopwatches while we, the viewing audience, absorb any and all scraps of information that may be gleaned from it all. It's the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine!
Thanks to OneManBlitz for outlining the agenda for this weekend and beyond:
Friday, Feb. 21
• PK/ST workout; PK/ST/OL/TE bench press, psychological testing, interviews
• QB/WR/RB measurements, medical exams, media, interviews
• DL/LB medical pre-exam and X-rays, orientation, interviews
Saturday, Feb. 22
• OL/TE on-field workout (timing, stations, skill drills)
• QB/WR/RB psychological testing, bench press, interviews
• DL/LB measurements, medical exams, media, interviews
• DB medical pre-exam and X-rays, orientation, interviews
Sunday, Feb. 23
• QB/WR/RB on-field workout (timing, stations, skill drills)
• DL/LB psychological testing, bench press, interviews
• DB measurements, medical exams, media, interviews
Monday, Feb. 24
• DL/LB on-field workout (timing, stations, skill drills)
• DB psychological testing, bench press, interviews
Tuesday, Feb. 25
• DB on-field workout (timing, stations, skill drills)
Today, we'll finally learn exactly how tall and hefty players like Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel really are. And who knows what tidbits we'll get from the player interviews? It's worth mentioning that teams often ask scouts of another organization to interview a player on their behalf. This helps keep the pre-draft smokescreens suffocating and opaque.
A note about meetings: the #Texans never formally met with DeAndre Hopkins leading up to last year's draft.— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) February 20, 2014
Just something to keep in mind.
One last primer: Read Josh Norris' combine preview over at Rotoworld. He values events like the 20-yard shuttle, the 3-cone drill, and the funky charleston higher than the others.
"The significance lies in the eye of the beholder, of course. In the NFL, teams value test results and measurements differently. What happens behind closed doors impacts prospects' draft value more than any stopwatch."
You should be all caught up now and ready to spend the day endlessly refreshing your Twitter page. Share your findings and thoughts throughout the day here in the Comments. Enjoy.