Road to Super Bowl 55: Combine Preview

Just as the football season winds down following the Super Bowl, the new league year is set to begin in just a few weeks. The first step on the road to Super Bowl 55 in Tampa in 2021? The 2020 NFL Combine.

While some teams are sending their entire staff to take part in the NFL Combine, others are only sending scouts — but the importance all remains the same when it comes to evaluating the next level of talent coming to the NFL in the 2020 draft. Here’s a quick breakdown of the schedule and positional breakdowns of each day at the combine.

QB, TE, WR — Thursday, February 27th — 4-11 p.m. ET

As each team prepare to take the first step on the Road to Super Bowl LV in 2021, the key position those on the oustide-looking-in is the quarterback.

Everyone looking for the new league MVP Lamar Jackson or Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes will want to pay close attention to the first day of the combine, now taking place in primetimeAlongside QBs, pass catchers will take center stage as wide receivers and tight ends will work out as well.

OL, RB, ST, PK — Friday, February 28th — 4-11 p.m. ET

On Friday night, special teams and offensive big men will take the spotlight, along with those looking for the next Alvin Kamara or Melvin Ingram. Following the special teams and linemen, running backs will take center stage in the workout portions.

DL, LB — Saturday, February 29th — 4-11 p.m. ET

Those looking to bolster their defensive front seven will want to pay close attention on the third day of the combine, as defensive linemen and linebackers will work out for scouts, in hopes of finding the next Darius Leonard, Dee Ford or Jadaveon Clowney.

DB — Sunday, March 1st — 2-7 p.m. ET

On the final day of the combine, the always skilled defensive backs will take center stage. And while many teams will be looking for the next Richard Sherman or Tyrann Mathieu, plenty of teams will just be looking to bolster their passing defensive in a pass-first league.



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2018 NFL Combine Preview

What offseason? Just weeks after the conclusion of the Super Bowl and the crowning of a champion in the Philadelphia Eagles, coaching staffs and scouts are heading to Indianapolis for the 2018 NFL Combine, the first step on the long journey to Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta!

New Coaches, GMs Speak

Wednesday marks the official beginning of the week in Indianapolis, as NFL head coaches and general managers are scheduled to meet with the media for the first time of the 2018 NFL offseason. Among those scheduled to speak about their plans for the future, new Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich, and other new head coaches, including Pat Shurmur of the New York Giants.

This provides coaches and general managers their first official opportunity to detail their strategies and outlines for the 2018 offseason, and how they plan to best position their teams for the Road to Super Bowl 53.


Players to Watch

While many tune into the combine to get their first glimpse of offseason workouts for the quarterback class, there are plenty of big names to be watching in the 2018 NFL Combine.

On Friday, the quarterbacks will take the podiums for media sessions, and on Saturday, they hit the field for on-field workouts. The biggest names to watch? Quarterback Sam Darnold (USC) and Josh Rosen (UCLA), two many have deemed to be battling for the #1 overall selection to the Cleveland Browns. Other names in this group include QB Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma), Lamar Jackson (Louisville) and Josh Allen (Wyoming).

Hitting the field for workouts on Friday will be the running backs, one of the deeper classes in recent history. Names to watch while the RBs workout include Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, USC’s Ronald Jones II, and San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny, among others.


Official Schedule

The official schedule for the 2018 NFL Combine, which officially begins on Wednesday:

— Wednesday, Feb. 28: Media (head coaches and general managaers)

— Thursday, March 1: Media (running backs, offensive linemen)

— Friday, March 2: Media (quarterbacks, wide receivers, tight ends), on-field (running backs, offensive linemen, special teams)

— Saturday, March 3: Media (defensive linemen, linebackers), on-field (quarterbacks, wide receivers, tight ends)

— Sunday, March 4: Media (defensive backs), on-field (defensive linemen, linebackers)

— Monday, March 5: On-field (defensive backs)



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2017 NFL Combine: Who To Watch

In the NFL’s seemingly lengthy offseason, the first major step to returning to football is the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. The combine, which will begin on February 28, is where players from the incoming draft class are invited to participate in working out for and interviewing with scouts, coaches and team executives ahead of April’s NFL Draft. Here’s are some of the players to be watching for at this year’s NFL Combine.

Myles Garrett, DE/OLB, Texas A&M

Considered by many to be the overall #1 selection in the upcoming NFL Draft, talented Texas A&M edge Myles Garrett’s physical traits will be well on display in Indianapolis at the 2017 NFL Combine. Compared to former #1 overall pick and current Houston Texans edge Jadaveon Clowney, the pressure will be on the Cleveland Browns to select Garrett ahead of a much-needed quarterback, should the defensive edge perform well at the Combine.

Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

Much like previous years, there is no consensus #1 when it comes to the quarterbacking prospects of the 2017 NFL Draft. Trubisky, who passed for 3,748 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2016 at the University of North Carolina, is every bit as much deserving of that #1 QB slot as any. Despite being considered “short” by many NFL standards (see: Drew Brees and Russell Wilson), Trubisky’s 6’1″ frame might be a problem for many teams when making the decisions. A strong showing at the Combine could change that perception.

Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

Sporting an incredible resume from his time at Clemson, quarterback Deshaun Watson boasted a 28-2 record over the last two NCAA Football seasons, two consecutive Davey O’Brien awards as top quarterback in the NCAA, three College Football Playoff victories in four tries, and the 2016 College Football Championship, a victory over powerhouse Alabama in January. However, most scouts have Watson ranked behind both Trubisky and Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer, as Watson seemingly struggled with turnovers and his showing of raw athleticism over the years. Now, with a chance to match his physical traits with his college resume, Watson has an opportunity to shine at the NFL Combine and rise among the mock drafts.

DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame

Ranked ahead of Watson and Trubisky by NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, former Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer sports a physical style that many teams might find attractive in a young prospect. However, whether or not Kizer goes in the first round much depends on what draft “expert” you’re talking to. Coming off of a rough 2016 campaign with Notre Dame that saw a sub-60 percent completion percentage and a 4-8 record, Kizer has the most to prove of the quarterbacking corps at the NFL Combine.

Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

A big running back at 6’1″ and over 230 pounds, Leonard Fournette is thought by many to be the best running back of the 2017 draft class. However, a strong combine, specifically the 40-yard-dash, could benefit the running back in silencing some of his critics from his college years. Opting to skip his team’s 2016 bowl game in favor of focusing on his upcoming professional aspirations, Fournette ended his LSU career with 3,830 yards, 42 touchdowns, and an LSU record 6.2 yards per carry in just 32 games as the team’s starting running back.

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NFL 2016: Bad Lip Reading

The NFL’s offseason can be a lonely place for a football fan. Little glimmers of hope burst forth with the free agency and NFL Draft periods, but then, the upcoming journey to Super Bowl 51 in Houston becomes so far away.

2016 MastersReview (8)

The fellas over at Bad Lip Reading put together some great videos of the 2015-16 NFL season, so this should help get you through at least today. And if that’s not great news by itself, the guys actually put together TWO videos. So that should make the offseason lull a little easier.

NFL 2016: Part One – A Bad Lip Reading of the NFL

NFL 2016: Part Two – A Bad Lip Reading of the NFL

NFL Combine Review

Nearly a month after Super Bowl 50, the NFL’s offseason is gaining steam. The first act of the offseason being the NFL’s scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The scouting combine in Indy provides all teams in the NFL an early look at the upcoming NFL Draft’s top prospects, creating an environment of physical and mental challenges to judge based upon. Drills such as a 40-yard dash, a broad and high jump, weight repetitions and mental examinations through intense questioning. Let’s look at some of the combine’s top performers from 2016 in Indianapolis.


40-yard dash

4.31 seconds – Keith Marshall, RB, Georgia

Though Marshall’s 27.8 feet per second was best at the 2016 NFL Combine, it was still 0.07 slower than the record set by Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson in 2008 (4.24 seconds).

Bench Press

34 reps – Christian Westerman, OG, Arizona State

Westerman’s 2016 high, though impressive, was still 15 reps short of the 2011 record of 49 set by Stephen Paea of Oregon St.

Biggest Surprise of 2016 – Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State

Miller not only surprised scouts with his hands at the combine, but also his speed and footwork. The former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback-turned-receiver posted the best 60-yard shuttle time of not only all wide receivers, but of the entire combine at 10.84 seconds, just 0.12 seconds shy of the records set by Brandin Cooks in 2014.

Craziest Question Asked

The NFL combine is always known for its crazy questions asked by scouts, to players. This year, Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Doughty was victim to one of these scenarios.

In his press conference, Doughty said he was give this scenario by one of the teams interviewing him: “You’re on a hill in Alaska, driving a bus and you’re going 100 mph, and as you get to the bottom, going down this hill, all icy, it’s cold, you realize you don’t have any brakes; where are you sitting on this bus?”

Yes, that was a real question. How that pertains to NFL capabilities, we have no idea. But clearly it’s a trick question; the team already said he’s the driver. Bet you didn’t catch that!

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