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2014 NFL Combine Open Thread: Welcome To The Meat Market

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Officially, the 2014 NFL Combine is already well underway, but the competitive spandex frolicking is right around the corner. Follow this weekend's events here on Battle Red Blog.

DeAndre Hopkins captured the hearts and minds of coaches and fans alike with his performance in last year's combine.
DeAndre Hopkins captured the hearts and minds of coaches and fans alike with his performance in last year's combine.
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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.

Just something to keep in mind.

The fine, furry folks over at Big Cat Country have been kind enough to post yesterday's measurements. Below are the tight ends, and you can see the offensive line measurements here.

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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."

- Norris

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.