INDIANAPOLIS — And on the third day, players take the field at the NFL Scouting Combine.
After two days of nearly non-stop news conferences, the focus turns to the field for the first time Saturday as prospects begin drills. Yes, it’s a far cry from actual football, with players in T-shirts and compression shorts, but nonetheless, scouts, coaches and general managers will document every moment on their stopwatches. I’ll be camped out on the sidelines and around Lucas Oil Stadium most of the day bringing you the latest of what unfolds.
- The most-awaited moment of the day might be when Auburn QB Cam Newton takes the podium in the media center sometime in the afternoon. It was believed that Newton would address the media Friday, like many of the other QBs, but we were forced to wait another day.
- The pace in the media center will be slower, with three NFL types scheduled to speak: Giants GM Jerry Reese (10 a.m.), Browns GM Tom Heckert (3 p.m.) and Browns coach Pat Shurmur (3:15 p.m.). Select members of Groups 7, 8 and 9, the defensive linemen and linebackers, also are expected to be made available to the media.
- On the field, the offensive linemen and tight ends will be put through the paces in the 40-yard dash, broad jump, vertical jump, 3-cone drills, skill drills and shuttles.
- The quarterbacks, receivers and running backs take part in psychological testing (doesn’t that sound enjoyable?) during the morning, followed by their bench-press sessions during the afternoon.
- The defensive linemen and linebackers will take part in their medical exams and psychological testing before scheduled interviews with coaches and teams in the evening.