INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – Late February is here, and for the football world, that means just one thing.
The eyes of NFL franchises have turned towards downtown Indianapolis this week for the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.
As is the case each year for the Chiefs, some 50-plus team members will scatter throughout Lucas Oil Stadium over the next five days to perform due diligence on the NFL’s 2011 Rookie Class. Kansas City is represented by coaches, scouts, executives, doctors and video personnel in Indianapolis this week, preparing for a common goal: defend the AFC West Championship.
Though the prelude began yesterday with the somewhat ceremonious drawing of straws for positioning at the 40-yard dash, Thursday marks the start of drug testing, weigh-ins, medical examinations and psychological test for the offensive linemen, tight ends and specialists.
Workouts are set to being on Friday with a similar schedule following for other position groups as they arrive in Indy.
This week’s headlines will be made from the freakish performances turned in on the Lucas Oil Stadium turf. Remember the media coverage surrounding the performances of Jacoby Ford and Bruce Campbell last year?
We’ve already heard chatter of one potential record-breaking performance, coming from Fort Valley State of all places.
But the NFL Combine is about more than physical testing. This week is the Super Bowl of Scouting, a chance for players to make their case for future employment and an opportunity for NFL teams to find out who owns or doesn’t own the complete package.
It’s a week of exposure where little can be swept under the rug.
If the player has put on weight, there’s a weigh-in for that. If the linebackers’ hips are stiff, he’ll be exposed in positional drills.
Hiding an injury? Prepare to be prodded on by some of the NFL’s top medical experts. And don’t forget to study, because evening classes are in session every evening in 15 minute intervals – these are the times that players go through one-on-one interviews with coaches and personnel directors.
Agents can prep and quarterbacks can sit out throwing drills, but evaluation will still be formed.
Whether it’s physical, mental or character related, the NFL Combine has a test for it. Of course, the 65 Toss Power Trap Productions team is here to help you stay informed on KCChiefs.com.
You can expect to hear from prospects, coaches and personnel evaluators while we’re in Indy and the coverage won’t stop when we return to Kansas City. Go behind the scenes with us and learn about what role the Combine plays in preparing for April’s draft. Also, be sure to leave suggestions for who you want to hear from in the comments section below (our coverage of the 2011 Senior Bowl was driven solely off fan suggestion).