Almost everybody who is somebody in the NFL is descending on Indianapolis to evaluate some three hundred invited players hoping to join the professional football ranks.
The NFL Scouting Combine is one of the best chances for college players to impress NFL general managers, coaches and scouts before the draft through a variety of athletic tests, medical exams and personal interviews. Indianapolis has hosted the event since 1987.
"Not very many tests that we don't give them," said Denver Broncos head coach John Fox. "You're trying to find football players. The bigger, stronger, faster ones go earlier (in the draft) than the other ones. It's not rocket science."
The first group of players (kickers, special teams, offensive linemen and tight ends) arrived in Indianapolis Wednesday. Measurements, medical exams and team and media interviews are underway today. Workouts begin Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Fox cautions that combine stats and personality tests don't tell everything about a football player.
"A 40 (yard dash) doesn't make you a football player or not," said Fox. "It's not track. Guys can have great football intelligence and maybe not great book intelligence. You're trying to evaluate a football player and how he plays football."
Several players from Indiana colleges have been invited to the combine.
Notre Dame: Braxston Cave – OL, Tyler Eifert – TE, Zeke Motta – DB, Theo Riddick – RB, Jamoris Slaughter – DB, Manti Te'o – LB, Cierre Wood – RB
Purdue: Josh Johnson – DB, Kawaan Short –DL
Ball State: Scott Kovanda – K
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o would probably like for his on-field workout to do the talking. But he is sure to face many questions from NFL teams and the media about being the victim of a hoax whereby he carried on a long distance relationship with a girlfriend who never existed. Te'o thought the woman died and mourned her passing. The story was widely publicized in the media. But after learning that he was the victim of a prank, Te'o allowed the lie to continue for several weeks and only admitted the truth after media reports uncovered the hoax.
Colts general manager Ryan Grigson is scheduled to address the media at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. His comments are coming up on Eyewitness News at 6:00 p.m.
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