Reporting Daryl Ruiter
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – While the 2013 NFL Combine kicks into gear on Wednesday with the arrivals of the first 3 groups of players in Indianapolis, the on field work won’t begin until Saturday.
Prior to taking the field, players will interview with prospective teams as well as be tested medically and intellectually.
In addition to the Wonderlic Test, the NFL is implementing a new, expanded player-assessment test designed to provide a comprehensive look at a player’s “non-physical capabilities, aptitudes and strengths,” according to an NFL memo that was obtained by NFL.com’s Steve Wyche.
The memo, which was sent to team presidents and general managers, says the new assessment tool is not being introduced as a replacement for any other tests such as the Wonderlic but “this new test measures a wide range of competencies, including learning styles, motivation, decision-making skills, responding to pressure or unexpected stimuli, and core intellect.”
On-field workouts begin Saturday, February 23 with the offensive linemen, tight ends and kickers and continues with the running backs, quarterbacks and wide receivers on Sunday, February 24. Linebackers and defensive linemen take the field on Monday, February 25 and defensive backs on Tuesday, February 26.
The workouts will begin each day at 9:00 AM ET.
Here’s a look at the physical drills that coaches, scouts and personnel departments will be charting over the next few days at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Bench press – The bench press is a test of strength and endurance. Scouts are looking to see how many reps (225 pounds) the player can complete. It’s a true indication of just how much time they’ve spent in the weight room over the last few years.
40-yard dash - The 40-yard dash is pretty much the main event at the combine and it helps teams measure speed and explosion from a static start. The players are timed at 10, 20 and 40-yard intervals.
Vertical jump – The vertical jump is used to help determine a player’s lower-body explosion and power. The player stands flat-footed and his reach is measured – it’s important to accurately measure the reach, because the differential between the reach and the flag the player 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.
Shuttle run – The short shuttle is the first of the cone drills. It is known as the 5-10-5. What it tests is a player’s lateral quickness and explosion in short areas. The player starts in the 3-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.
3 cone drill – The 3 cone drill tests a player’s ability to change directions while moving quickly. With 3 cones set up in an L-shape, the player 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.