NFL Scouting Combine 2015.

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Only 3 days for what is called a “Vital Event in the path to the draft”, this weekend and starting today with the arrival of the athletes from all over the country, almost 300 draft prospects will gather and participate in the drills at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis invited by the NFL Scouting Combine organizers and where many of them will have to show their skills in different activities, exams, interviews and medical examinations among others. The 80th annual meeting will also gather coaches, managers and scouts from the 32 official NFL franchise to select new and eligible football players.

The Drills

Drills are a set of workouts that are meant to test physically and mentally the athletes that want to become part of the select group of elite NFL athletes of the 32 teams in the NFL. The combine is when they show their skills and abilities to the owners, coaches, manager and scouts for them to be selected to fill the needs of the teams and they are divided as follows (Source: NFL Network)

40-yard dash

The 40-yard dash is the marquee event at the combine. It’s kind of like the 100-meters at the Olympics: It’s all about speed, explosion and watching skilled athletes run great times. These athletes are timed at 10, 20 and 40-yard intervals. What the scouts are looking for is an explosion from a static start.

Bench press

The bench press is a test of strength — 225 pounds, as many reps as the athlete can get. What the NFL scouts are also looking for is endurance. Anybody can do a max one time, but what the bench press tells the pro scouts is how often the athlete frequented his college weight room for the last 3-5 years.

Vertical jump

The vertical jump is all about lower-body explosion and power. The athlete stands flat-footed and they measure his reach. It is important to accurately measure the reach, because the differential between the reach and the flag the athlete touches is his vertical jump measurement.

Broad jump

The broad jump is like being in gym class back in junior high school. Basically, it is testing an athlete’s lower-body explosion and lower-body strength. The athlete starts out with a stance balanced and then he explodes out as far as he can. It tests explosion and balance, because he has to land without moving.

3 cone drill

The 3 cone drill tests an athlete’s ability to change directions at a high-speed. Three cones in an L-shape. He starts from the starting line, goes 5 yards to the first cone and back. Then, he turns, runs around the second cone, runs a weave around the third cone, which is the high point of the L, changes directions, comes back around that second cone and finishes.

Shuttle run

The short shuttle is the first of the cone drills. It is known as the 5-10-5. What it tests is the athlete’s lateral quickness and explosion in short areas. The athlete starts in the three-point stance, explode out 5 yards to his right, touches the line, goes back 10 yards to his left, left hand touches the line, pivot, and he turns 5 more yards and finishes.

You can also check full schedule of activities and workouts below (schedule source: ESPN)

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Source: ESPN

By Andrew Smith

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