Where is the NFL Scouting Combine 2023? When does it start?
With the Super Bowl now behind us, it’s time to turn our attention to one of the key days of the NFL’s offseason, the Combine. Join us for the details on this big day.
It’s the moment when some dreams become reality and others are shattered. For all young football players, the NFL combine is the place and time when they have the opportunity to prove themselves worthy of a spot on one of the league’s teams. With that in mind, here’s a look at what it is, where it is and how it all goes down.
What is the NFL Combine?
If there is one major highlight before the Draft process begins, it’s got to be the NFL’s Scouting Combine. This year, Indianapolis will play host to the event, as the country’s top prospects attempt to stake their claims in front of head coaches, general managers, scouts and executives. Known as the “Underwear Olympics,” the Combine is largely a proving ground for young players who run the gauntlet of drills which include the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, bench press, 20-yard shuttle, 60-yard shuttle and many more. For perspective, John Ross still holds the fastest time in the 40-yard dash, which he set at 4:22 back in 2017.
On the other hand, the Combine also represents a key moment in the filtering process. prospects are also asked to attend interviews with coaches and general managers alike. Needless to say, these sessions go a long way toward determining the character and personality of players, something which is as important - if not more so - as their on field skills. Where this year’s combine is concerned, 319 prospects have been invited, after which they will also participate in College Pro Days, which begins on March 7th. There they will be given the opportunity to work out - with scouts present - at their respective schools.
When & Where is the 2023 NFL Combine?
Running from February 28th to March 6th, the 2023 NFL combine will be staged at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, home of the Indianapolis Colts. Interestingly, the event has been held in Indianapolis since 1987 and will continue that tradition until at the very least 2024. While there has been no official word as to where it will be held after, we do know that the combine has been put out for bid in the same way that we’ve witnessed with the NFL Draft and the Super Bowl.
Who will be at the 2023 NFL Combine?
From college football powerhouses like Alabama, all the way down to Vanderbilt, the league’s Scouting Combine is always an interesting time as the next generation of football players hope to make their mark. To be clear, there will be 319 prospects in attendance - full list here - when the combine starts on February 28th. As mentioned above, they will be evaluated based on a number of criteria from physical condition, to game IQ, to the very nature of the personalities off the field. If there was ever a make-or-break moment in the life of a budding football player, it’s the NFL’s Combine.