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NFL supplements Indy Combine with eight others

Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:53 pm
 
The NFL announced on Thursday it is creating eight regional combines to supplement the national Combine held annually in Indianpolis.

Per the league's announcement, the regional combines were created to specifically target three groups of potential players:
  • Players eligible for the 2012 draft not able to participate at the Indianapolis combine
  • Players with collegiate experience who want to gauge their pro potential
  • Players with some pro experience attempting to get back into the league

The first regional Combine will be held January 28 in Los Angeles. This is the only regional Combine on the west coast and the only one not held at an NFL facility.

The full regional combine schedule is:

Date

Location

Facility

January 28

Los Angeles, CA

Orange Coast College-Lebard Stadium

February 4

Houston

Methodist Training Center

February 11

Baltimore

Baltimore Ravens Training Facility

February 18

Tampa Bay

One Buccaneer Place

February 25

New York/New Jersey

Atlantic Health Jets Training Facility

March 3

Chicago

Halas Hall

March 10 & 11

Atlanta

Atlanta Falcons Training Facility

March 17

Cleveland

Cleveland Browns Training Facility

The new Combine workouts are designed to function as the Indianapolis event operates. Players will be measured and asked to perform all of the athletic tests -- like the bench press, vertical jump and 40-yard dash -- that occur in Indianpolis. The players who impress the most in the regional combines may then be invited to a newly created NFL Super Regional Combine to be held at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan on March 30-31.

While the athletic tests are critical to prospects getting their names out there, some of the more underrated elements of the traditional combine will be more difficult to replicate. Teams rely on the extensive medical testing done at local hospitals while athletes attend the Indianapolis combine. Similarly, athletes are shuttled through team interviews in Indianapolis, making the entire process a well-organized, smoothly running event.

Legitimate pro scouts and NFL personnel will, of course, be on hand to make sure the regional combines go as planned. That said, don't expect to see general managers or head coaches parading about the sidelines at these events. Each team will be sent all of the information compiled during the regional workouts.

Every team is looking for the next great diamond in the rough. These combines are designed, in part, to aid in this process.

But with the draft less than a month after the Super Regional, most decision-makers will be focusing on who'll they be targeting in the first round not in the late rounds or undrafted free agency. 

For those looking for more information on the NFL's regional combines, check out their website here.

Category: NFL Draft
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