For 335 prospective draftees, the NFL Scouting Combine is an opportunity to be seen, measured and heard.
The young men invited to Indianapolis will wrap themselves in form-fitting spandex, detail their injury history dating back to schoolyard scars and field intimate questions about their personal lives all in an attempt to boost their stock with NFL coaches, scouts and general managers.
The overspill of dreamers not invited to bench press reps of 225 pounds while a strength coach barks coffee-breath at their faces have another avenue to get noticed.
In 2012, the league launched the NFL Regional/Super Regional Combines.
For a fee of less than $300, NFL draft-eligible athletes can register for 10 workouts run by NFL talent evaluators in cities across the country. The prospects’ measurables and test results are posted with videos of their performance into a database for NFL teams.
The cream of the crop earn invitations to a Super Regional Combine, where they get another chance to perform for scouts. Regional Combines in Houston, where 269 participants worked out, and New York/New Jersey have already been held.
Throughout February and March, dark horse draft candidates will have a chance to impress in Los Angeles, Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Seattle, Indianapolis and Baltimore before the Super Regional Combine in Detroit on April 12-13.
In 2013, 10 Regional/Super Regional Combine participants held 53-man roster positions to begin the season.
Redskins Director of Pro Personnel Scott Campbell said he sent a scout to Houston and will send scouts to Atlanta, Baltimore and the Super Regional in Detroit.
Along with the cadre of coaches and scouts the team will send to Indianapolis, Larry Michael will be on hand in Indianapolis to interview Head Coach Jay Gruden and Executive Vice President/General Manager Bruce Allen on Thursday and Friday.
Redskins.com will broadcast Gruden’s Combine press conference live at 3:15p.m ET Friday afternoon.