NFL Combine: The Basics

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Updated: February 18, 2014
Combine

After a few weeks off to celebrate the first Super Bowl in New York, the year round season of the National Football League heats back up this week. The combine kicks things off as teams make their wish lists for the NFL Draft which begins on May 8th. Free Agency will fill the void in between, beginning on March 11th.

NFL COMBINE – February 19

NFL FREE AGENCY – March 11

NFL DRAFT – May 8

Indianapolis is the annual site and Lucas Oil Stadium will be hosting every NFL head coach and personnel department for the next week, beginning tomorrow and ending on Tuesday. Future pro football players will not only be on the field but will be interviewed, undergo physicals, meet individually with teams and undergo psychological and intelligence questioning.

Here’s a look at the core of the schedule which will be carried on the NFL Network.

-Saturday- Tight ends, offensive linemen, special teams

-Sunday- Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers

-Monday- Defensive linemen, linebackers

-Tuesday Defensive backs

335 draft prospects were invited to Indy, with a record 85 underclassmen taking part in this year’s combine. The Southeastern Conference dominates the list with Alabama and LSU leading the way with 12 and 11 invitees respectively.

Free agency, franchise tags, the combine and the draft, all separate functions, but for a franchise to put together a winning combination they must be carefully orchestrated. Up next, we look at the dynamic as it applies to the Washington Redskins.

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