After you read this you can watch the combine with a purpose.
Besides the fact that football season is over, the 2010 NFL Combine is the closest football action you will get to seeing NFL on TV. The NFL Combine in Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis (formerly RCA Dome) leads us into the Draft in April, which will lead you into mini-camps, then pre-season camp, then finally to the 2010 NFL season. The NFL Combine is where you can get a first hand look and a ton of insight on next years’ rookie superstars.
The NFL Combine is hands down the most coveted order of events for evaluating the best college talent. Im sure you have heard and if you have not, it is a serious grind of mind and matter. It is the first time the all of the top college players can be seen competing as individuals in center stage in front of the 32 teams in the NFL. It is basically a job interview. The spectators at this venue include NFL coaches, general managers, and scouts. About 300+ the college footballs’ top prospects are put through rigorous testing both mentally and physically all a part of an inexact science of predicting the next NFL star for their respective organizations.
Watch you want don't want to miss on television and the most exciting part is the physical testing. Participants at the combine are put through intense physical testing ranging from the bench press, broad jump, 40 yard dash, 60 yard shuttle, 3 cone drill, 20 yard shuttle, and vertical jump. I am going to share with you some important physical testing along with the results to look for that will either rise or drop the stock of some of the participants trying to improve their NFL Draft status. So what I have written up below is the test followed by approximated results that NFL teams would like to see by position. (Some of the desired results will vary based on the height and weight of each positional participant.)
Bench Press- under the guidance of a Strength and Conditioning coach (usually a representative from one of the NFL teams) participants attempts to lift 225lbs as many times as they can. This drill measures upper body strength.
NFL MAGIC NUMBERS BY POSITION: QB, WR, DB: 10-20reps… LB, RB: 15-25… OL,DL: 20-30reps. (The closer the position gets to the 2nd number the more impressive)
Broad Jump- participants must stand still and are measured how far they can jump forward from point A to point B, measuring explosive power from a stationary position.
NFL MAGIC NUMBERS: QB,WR,DB: 9ft0in-10+ft… LB,RB,TE: 8ft6in-9ft6in… OL,DL: 8ft-9ft. (The closer the position gets to the 2nd number the more impressive)
40 yard dash- participants take part in an all out sprint from a down position for a distance measuring 40yards. This test how fast an athlete can get from point A to point B, and also measures top speed endurance.
NFL MAGIC NUMBERS: QB: 4.9-4.5… WR,DB: 4.7-4.3… LB,RB,TE: 4.8-4.5… OL: 5.2-4.8…DL: 4.9-4.6 (The closer the participant gets to the 2nd number or beyond the more impressive)
Vertical Jump- similar to the Broad Jump, participants must stand still and jump straight up measuring how far they can jump up off the ground, measuring explosive power from a stationary position.
NFL MAGIC NUMBERS: QB: 25-31in…WR, DB: 31-45in… LB,TE: 30-37in…RB: 30-40in… OL,DL: 24-30in. (The closer the participant gets to the 2nd number or beyond the more impressive)
(The following 3 test below don't hold as much weight as the one's above)
20 Yard Shuttle- participants are measured by their quickness when changing direction from point A to point B.
3 Cone Drill- similar to the 20yard shuttle, participants ability to fluidly change of direction is measured
60 yard shuttle- participants are tested in speed and endurance.
Starting Saturday, watch it live from February 27th-March 2nd. It will be more interesting now that you know what you are looking for!?! http://www.nfl.com/combine/live/landing