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2016 NFL Scouting Combine Primer

More than 300 of the top prospects will be put through on-field drills, medical testing, exams and interviews with team personnel and the media in advance of the 2016 NFL Draft. will offer wall-to-wall coverage of the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine direct from Indianapolis, Ind., where more than 300 of the top prospects will be put through on-field drills, medical testing, exams and interviews with team personnel and the media in advance of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Patriots Football Weekly's Andy Hart, Paul Perillo and Erik Scalavino will offer combine notes, prospect and positional features each day starting Wednesday, February 24. In addition, we'll be offering special Combine editions of Patriots Today highlighting all the action at Lucas Oil Stadium. Our coverage will follow the media schedule below.

Combine media schedule:

Various prospects, NFL head coaches and executives will be speaking daily. 

Wednesday, Feb. 24: Media interviews for running backs, offensive linemen and special teamers.

Thursday, Feb. 25:Media interviews for quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends.

Friday, Feb. 26: Media interviews for defensive linemen and linebackers.

Saturday, Feb. 27: Media interviews for defensive backs.

Combine workout schedule: 

Friday, Feb. 26: RB, OL, ST 

Saturday, Feb. 27: QB, WR, TE 

Sunday, Feb. 28: DL, LB 

Monday, Feb. 29: DB


Here is a quick introduction to the drills all the prospects are put through.

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, explodes 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.

Drill breakdowns are courtesy of

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