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Ahead of the Curve

Ahead of the Curve is a syndicated football column by Frank Coyle that covers NFL and College football year round. It appears in different national publications and on web sites throughout the season and postseason each year.

NFL Power Poll – Chiefs Host Steelers in Top AFC Matchup

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NFL Power Poll - Week 6

NFL Power Poll – Chiefs Host Steelers in Top AFC Matchup

Team of the Week - Packers

Offensive Player of Week – QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers
Defensive Player of Week – Safety Earl Thomas - Seahawks

Rookie of Week - RB Leonard Fournette - Jaguars

Photo - Leonard Fournette - Jaguars

Game of Week #6 - Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (5-0)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 - 5-0 Chiefs
Chiefs toasted a highly regarded Texan defense to stay unbeaten. Host the Steelers this week.
#2 - 3-1 Falcons
Falcons return from their bye week to host struggling Dolphins.
#3 - 4-1 Packers
QB Aaron Rodgers is just unbelievable to watch and gives Pack a chance vs anyone.
#4 - 3-1 Broncos
Broncos coming off their bye and host the battered winless Giants.
#5 - 3-2 Patriots
Pats well rested after their Thursday night victory and travel to Big Apple to face a surprising Jets’ club.
#6 - 4-1 Eagles
Eagles exploded vs the Cardinals behind an emerging QB Carson Wentz.
#7 - 3-2 Steelers
Steelers’ Big Ben threw five interceptions with two for pick sixes vs Jaguars.
#8 - 3-2 Lions
Lions let the Panthers come back and win behind QB Cam Newton.
n a number of ways and is an improved dangerous club this year.
#9 - 3-2 Ravens
Ravens jumped the Raiders without Derek Carr with an improved offense.
#10 - 3-2 Seahawks
Seahawks defense stopped the high scoring Rams to take the lead in the weak NFC West.
#11 - 4-1 Panthers
Panthers’ offense came back vs the Lions and face big NFC matchup with the Eagles coming in Thursday night.
#12 - 3-2 Bills
Bills fell to the Bengals with another low scoring performance. They get their bye week to work it out.
#13 - 3-2 Jaguars
Jaguars bashed the Steelers and host the Rams this week in a battle of young emerging clubs.
#14 - 2-3 Raiders
Raiders are simply a different club without QB Derek Carr. Host the Chargers this week.
#15 - 2-3 Cowboys
Boys defense was abused again this time by the Packers and are not currently near playoff levels.
#16 - 3-2 Vikings
Vikes beat the Bears late to stay tight in the NFC North race.
#17 - 2-2 Redskins
Redskins come off their bye week and host the 49ers with key NFC matchups on the schedule the next month.
#18 - 2-2 Bucs
Bucs had 10 days to digest letting the Patriots game get away from them.
#19 - 3-2 Rams
Ram’s young offense struggled vs the veteran Seahawks defense. Travel to face the improved Jaguars Sunday.
#20 - 2-3 Bengals
Bengals found a way to beat the tough Bills and get their bye week to regroup after slow start.
#21 - 2-3 Titans
QB Mariota sat out and the Titans offense surrendered 6 sacks vs the Dolphins. Host Colts Monday night in important AFC South matchup.
#22 - 2-3 Texans
Texans lost key game to Chiefs and two start defenders JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus for the season.
#23 - 2-2 Saints
Saints’ are well rested to host the Lions in a key NFC contest.
#24 - 3-2 Jets
Jets are on a three-game winning streak and host the Patriots in a telltale early season matchup.
#25 - 2-3 Cardinals
Cardinals did not show up vs the Eagles and face two big NFC games before their bye week.
#26 - 2-2 Dolphins
Dolphins beat up the struggling Titans and travel to Atlanta in a huge test.
#27 - 2-3 Colts
Colts have beat back to back winless teams without QB Andrew Luck. Hope he returns for their Monday night matchup vs the Titans.
#28 - 1-4 Chargers
Chargers found a way to win vs struggling GMen.
#29 - 1-4 Bears
Bears going through growing pain with rookie QB Matt Trubisky to lost Monday game vs the Vikings.
#30 - 0-5 Giants
GMen overrated defense stops no one in crunch time.
#31 - 0-5 49ers
49ers shot themselves again vs the Colts t in OT. Go to the Capital searching for their first win.
#32 - 0-5 Browns
Cleveland’s HC Hue Jackson fell to 1-20, losing late to ex-Brown’s QB Josh McCown and Jets.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

NFL Power Poll – Chiefs Remain Only Undefeated & Top AFC West

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NFL Power Poll - Week 5

NFL Power Poll – Chiefs Remain Undefeated & Top AFC West

Team of the Week - Houston Texans

Offensive Player of Week – RB Todd Gurley - Rams
Defensive Player of Week – DE Cameron Heyward - Steelers

Rookie of Week - QB Deshaun Watson - Texans

Photo – RB Todd Gurley - Rams

Game of Week #5 – 10/8 - Green Bay Packers (3-1) at Dallas Cowboy (2-2)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 - 4-0 Chiefs
Chiefs beat Redskins on late charge. Travel to Houston for key AFC matchup.
#2 - 3-1 Falcons
Falcons were shocked at home by the Bills. Get a bye this week to regroup.
#3 - 3-1 Steelers
Steelers jumped the Ravens to redeem their lost to the Bears.
#4 - 3-1 Packers
QB Aaron Rodgers smoked the Bears’ and Pack get 10 days to prepare for trip to Big D.
#5 - 3-1 Broncos
Broncos were dominant on defense vs the Raiders last week.
#6 - 2-2 Patriots
Defending champs were beat at the buzzer on a 48 yard FG to go .500.
hind Tom Brady worked their miracles again late this time vs the Texans.
#7 - 3-1 Lions
Lions can win in a number of ways and is an improved dangerous club this year.
#8 - 2-2 Raiders
Broncos beat the Raiders for the 2nd week in a row with QB Derek Carr nixed up again.
#9 - 2-2 Cowboys
Boys defense was abused by the Rams that exploited several key liabilities.
#10 - 3-1 Eagles
Eagles are finding ways to win and host Cardinals this week in a key NFC contest.
#11 - 3-1 Bills
Bills drilled the Falcons in their building with one of the more impressive wins of the early season.
#12 - 2-2 Ravens
Ravens were bashed by their rival the Steelers with another weak offensive output.
#13 - 2-2 Titans
QB Mariota gets hurt while the Titans defense gets taken to school by rookie QB Deshaun Watson.
#14 - 2-2 Seahawks
Seahawks toasted the pathetic Colts. Travel to LA for key West test with the Rams.
#15 - 2-2 Vikings
Vikes lost a tight battle with the Lions and goes to Chicago Monday nite for key NFC North matchup.
#16 - 2-2 Redskins
Redskins fought the Chiefs down to the wire only to lose on a FG on the final play.
#17 - 2-1 Bucs
Bucs came back late with two drives to beat the winless GMen.
#18 - 3-1 Rams
Rams offense shows signs of life with huge win over the Cowboys that keeps them atop the NFC West.
#19 - 3-1 Panthers
Panthers’ offense beatup the Patriots for an impressive victory that keeps them tied for the South lead.
#20 - 2-2 Texans
Texans exploded vs the Titans with another huge effort by rookie QB Deshaun Watson.
#21 - 2-2 Saints
Saints’ defense shutout the Jets and get their bye week to celebrate the defensive gem.
#22 - 2-2 Jaguars
Jaguars lost to the Jets in OT and now must travel to Pittsburgh for a key AFC contest.
#23 - 2-2 Cardinals
Cardinals beat the 49ers in OT to get to .500. Face key road game in Philly Sunday.
#24 - 2-2 Jets
Jets coming off two game winning streak and travel to Cleveland for key matchup.
#25 - 1-3 Bengals
Bengals hope last win puts them on the beam with tough Bills coming to town.
#26 - 1-2 Dolphins
Dolphins were shut out by the Saints, by the Saints!!!!
#27 - 1-3 Colts
Colts hoping QB Andrew Luck returns in the next few weeks to give this club stability.
#28 - 1-3 Bears
Bears host Monday game vs the Vikings that determines their early direction.
#29 - 0-4 Giants
GMen host the battle of winless clubs with Chargers coming to MetLife.
#30 - 0-4 Chargers
Chargers continue to find ways to lost close games.
#31 - 0-4 49ers
49ers lost in OT to the Cardinals. Go to Indy for their first win.
#32 - 0-4 Browns
Brownies were toasted by instate rival, the Bengals. Host Jets in a winnable matchup.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

NFL Power Poll – Chiefs & Falcons Remain Undefeated

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NFL Power Poll - Week 4
Chiefs & Falcons Remain Undefeated

Team of the Week - Patriots

Offensive Player of Week - QB Tom Brady - Patriots
Defensive Player of Week - DE Demarcus Lawrence - Cowboys

Rookie of Week - QB Deshaun Watson - Texans

Photo - QB Tom Brady - Patriots

Game of Week #4 - Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) at Baltimore Ravens (2-1)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 - 3-0 Chiefs
Chiefs looking to ambush the Redskins on Monday at home.
#2 - 2-1 Patriots
Defending champions’ behind Tom Brady worked their miracles again late this time vs the Texans.
#3 - 3-0 Falcons
Falcons playing with purpose and host Bills this week.
#4 - 2-1 Raiders
Redskins jumped the Raiders bones in Capital last week.
#5 - 2-1 Steelers
Steelers lost in OT to the lowly Bears.
#6 - 2-1 Packers
QB Aaron Rodgers leads another great comeback vs Bengals. He disguises a lot of holes on the Packers.
#7 - 2-1 Ravens
Ravens were taken to the woodshed by the Jaguars in London.
#8 - 2-1 Lions
Lions failed to beat the Falcons at home in huge NFC matchup.
#9 - 2-1 Broncos
Broncos were wacked by the Bills, maybe looking forward to the Raiders this week.
#10 - 2-1 Cowboys
Boys defense pounded Carson Palmer in their best performance of the season.
#11 - 2-1 Eagles
Eagles were handed a gift by the inept GMen.
#12 - 2-1 Titans
QB Mariota lead a huge home win over the Seahawks that may become the signature victory for this young club.
#13 - 1-2 Seahawks
Seahawks were toasted by the Titans in another weak performance.
#14 - 2-1 Vikings
Vikes bounced on the Bucs behind backup QB Case Keenum and rookie back Dalvin Cook.
#15 - 2-1 Redskins
Redskins look to take the key win momentum over the Raiders into the Monday night in Kansas City.
#16 - 1-1 Dolphins
Dolphins scored only 6 points in their pathetic lost to the Jets.
#17 - 1-1 Bucs
Bucs took an ass whippin from the Vikings.
#18 - 2-1 Bills
Bills go to Atlanta for an early season acid test.
#19 - 1-2 Saints
Saints’ QB Drew Brees smoked the Panthers in the dome last week.
#20 - 2-1 Jaguars
Jaguars defense is a top-flight unit going forward.
#21 - 2-1 Panthers
Panthers’ offense is struggling scoring in a division with high powered attacks.
#22 - 1-2 Texans
Texans let the big effort by rookie QB Deshaun Watson overshadowed with a collapse to New England.
#23 - 2-1 Rams
Rams face a huge early season game in Big D and hope to catch the Boys napping after Monday night win.
#24 - 1-2 Cardinals
Cardinals lost to the Cowboys in pivotal Monday night matchup and must regroup quickly for upcoming divisional games.
#25 - 1-2 Bears
Bears won their biggest game in years vs the Steelers in OT. Face Packers in Green Bay on Thursday nite.
#26 - 1-2 Jets
Jets shocked the Dolphins at home with emerging Jaguars coming to town.
#27 - 1-2 Colts
Colts beat the pathetic Browns to get into the win column.
#28 - 0-3 Giants
GMen face a must win situation in Tampa for any postseason hopes.
#29 - 0-3 Bengals
Bengals go to Cleveland in a battle of the winless.
#30 - 0-3 Chargers
Chargers inaugural season in Los Angeles looking ugly.
#31 - 0-3 49ers
49ers go the desert looking for their first win.
#32 - 0-3 Browns
As usual, Brownies in the forefront for the #1 pick in the NFL Draft.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

NFL Power Poll - Week 3 - Chiefs, Falcons & Raiders Top Rankings

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NFL Power Poll - Week 3

NFL Power Poll – Divisional Matchups Heat Up Early Leadership

Team of the Week - Chiefs

Offensive Player of Week - QB Derek Carr - Raiders
Defensive Player of Week - DE Ziggy Ansah - Lions

Rookie of Week - RB Kareen Hunt - Chiefs

Photo - QB Derek Carr - Raiders

Game of Week #3 – Atlanta Falcons (2-0) at Detroit Lions (2-0)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 - 2-0 Chiefs
QB Alex Smith and rookie back Kareem Hunt form a potent offense.
#2 - 2-0 Falcons
Falcons looking to amend their Super Bowl collapse.
#3 - 2-0 Raiders
Raiders rolling in the early schedule.
#4 - 2-0 Steelers
Steelers taking care of business.
#5 - 2-0 Ravens
Ravens on a collision course with the Steelers for AFC North leadership
#6 - 1-1 Patriots
Defending champion probably walks into AFC East title again.
#7 - 2-0 Lions
QB Matt Stafford can burn any defense in the league.
#8 - 2-0 Broncos
Broncos took it to the Boys with a strong defense.
#9 - 1-1 Seahawks
Seahawks get their first win over pathetic West rival, the 49ers.
#10 - 1-1 Packers
Packers defense may come up short vs the top tier offenses.
#11 - 1-1 Cowboys
Boys defense was terrible and probably limits an NFC East repeat.
#12 - 1-1 Eagles
Eagles are improved with young QB Carson Wentz and dangerous going forward.
#13 - 1-0 Dolphins
QB Jay Cutler may be the signing of the year.
#14 - 1-0 Bucs
QB Jameis Winston is a budding star that makes Bucs dangerous here.
#15 - 1-1 Vikings
Vikes need vet QB Sam Bradford back with Bucs coming in for a key NFC matchup.
#16 - 1-1 Titans
QB Mariota is lighting it up here with big home test vs the Seahawks this week.
#17 - 2-0 Panthers
Panthers’ defense has given up only 6 points in two games with Saints coming to town.
#18 - 1-1 Redskins
Redskins host the Raiders in Sunday night matchup that may determine two divisional races.
#19 - 1-1 Texans
Texans travel to New England in key AFC matchup.
#20 - 0-2 Giants
GMen offense has been brutally weak in opening weeks.
#21 - 1-1 Bills
Bills offense has totaled only 21 points in first two games.
#22 - 1-1 Jaguars
Jaguars defense is a top ten unit.
#23 - 1-1 Cardinals
Cardinals host the Cowboys in pivotal Monday night encounter.
#24 - 1-1 Rams
Rams looking to jump the 49ers bones on Thursday night.
#25 - 0-2 Bengals
Bengals go into Green Bay looking for first victory.
#26 - 0-2 Saints
Saints defense is still one of the 5-8 worst in the game.
#27 - 0-2 Bears
Bears offense must improve quickly to hold off more changes.
#28 - 0-2 Chargers
Chargers still find ways to lose the game.
#29 - 0-2 Jets
Jets might be worst than this ranking.
#30 - 0-2 Colts
Paying the price for five weak draft classes.
#31 - 0-2 49ers
49ers offense is the worst in the league.
#32 - 0-2 Browns
Brownies still going through growing pain.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

DraftInsiders.com - NFL 2017 Predictions

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DraftInsiders.com - NFL 2017 Predictions
Giants Picked as NFL Champion in Super Bowl Matchup with Steelers

Offensive Player of Year – QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers
Defensive Player of Year – DE J.J. Watt - Texans

Rookies of the Year
Offense – RB Christian McCaffrey - Panthers
Defense – S Jamal Adams - Jets

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Photo – WR Odell Beckham - Giants

NFC
EAST

New York Giants - 11-5 –
Dallas Cowboys - 10-6 –
Philadelphia Eagles - 8-8 –
Washington Redskins - 6-10 –

NORTH
Green Bay Packers -11-5 -
Minnesota Vikings - 9-7 -
Detroit Lions - 9- 7 –
Chicago Bears - 5-11 -

SOUTH
Atlanta Falcons - 12-4 –
Tampa Bay Bucs - 10-6 –
New Orleans Saints - 9-7 –
Carolina Panthers - 5-11 –

WEST
Seattle Seahawks - 11-5 –
Arizona Cardinals – 9-7 –
Los Angeles Rams - 6-10 –
San Francisco 49ers - 4-12 –

Divisional Champs
Giants, Packers, Falcons and Seahawks

Wild Card Clubs
Cowboys & Bucs

NFC Championship
Giants beat Seahawks in NFC title game.

AFC EAST
New England Patriots - 12-4 –
Miami Dolphins - 10-6 –
Buffalo Bills - 6-10 –
New York Jets – 2-14 –

NORTH
Pittsburgh Steelers - 11-5 –
Cincinnati Bengals - 10-6 –
Baltimore Ravens - 8-8 –
Cleveland Browns - 6-10 –

SOUTH
Houston Texans - 10-6 –
Tennessee Titans - 9-7 –
Indianapolis Colts - 7-9 –
Jacksonville Jaguars - 6-10 –

WEST
Kansas City Chiefs - 11-5 –
Oakland Raiders - 10-6 –
Denver Broncos - 9-7 –
San Diego Chargers – 5-11 –

Divisional Champs
Patriots, Steelers, Texans & Chiefs

Wild Card Clubs
Dolphins & Bengals

AFC Championship
Steelers beat Patriots

Super Bowl L Matchup
Giants over Steelers

GMen win an old school Super Bowl matchup.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long-time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

NFL Free Agency 2017 - Top 50 Players

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NFL Free Agency 2017 - Top 50 Players
Free Agents - Unrestricted & ‘Street’ -
Franchise & Transitional Players not included

Rank/ Player/ Positon / Age / Team
1 A.J. Bouye CB 26 Texans
2 Calais Campbell DE 31 Cardinals - (deal pending with Jaguars)
3 Stephon Gilmore CB 26 Bills - (deal pending with Patriots)
4 Alshon Jeffery WR 27 Bears
5 Dont'a Hightower LB 27 Patriots
6 Tony Romo QB 37 Cowboys
7 Brandon J. Williams DT 28 Ravens
8 Pierre Garcon WR 31 Redskins - (deal pending with 49ers)
9 Adrian Peterson RB 32 Vikings
10 Terrelle Pryor WR 28 Browns

Photo - RB Adrian Peterson - Vikings

11 Kevin Zeitler G 27 Bengals
12 Mike Glennon QB 27 Buccaneers - (deal pending with Bears)
13 Morris Claiborne CB 27 Cowboys
14 DeSean Jackson WR 30 Redskins - (deal pending with Bucs)
15 J.C. Tretter C 26 Packers
16 Dontari Poe DT 26 Chiefs
17 Tony Jefferson S 25 Cardinals
18 T.J. Lang G 29 Packers
19 Nick Perry LB 27 Packers
20 Jonathan Hankins DT 25 Giants

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21 Andrew Whitworth T 35 Bengals - (deal pending with Rams)
22 Ronald Leary G 28 Cowboys - (deal pending with Broncos)
23 Riley Reiff T 28 Lions
24 Zach Brown LB 27 Bills
25 Larry Warford G 26 Lions
26 Ricky Wagner T 27 Ravens - (deal pending with Lions)
27 Martellus Bennett TE 30 Patriots
28 Matt Kalil OT 27 Vikings - (deal pending with Panthers)
29 Logan Ryan CB 26 Patriots
30 Kenny Britt WR 28 Rams - (deal pending with Browns)
31 Chris Baker DT 29 Redskins
32 Johnathan Cyprien S 27 Jaguars
33 Dre Kirkpatrick CB 27 Bengals
34 Jabaal Sheard LB 28 Patriots
35 Micah Hyde DB 26 Packers
36 Nick Fairley DT 29 Saints
37 Lorenzo Alexander LB 34 Bills
38 Brandon Marshall WR 33 Jets - (deal signed with Giants)
39 Bennie Logan DT 27 Eagles
40 J.J. Wilcox S 26 Cowboys
41 Kyle Juszczyk FB 26 Ravens - (deal pending with 49ers)
42 Eddie Lacy RB 27 Packers
43 Torrey Smith WR 28 49ers - (deal pending with Eagles)
44 LeGarrette Blount RB 30 Patriots
45 Kevin Minter LB 26 Cardinals
46 Austin Pasztor OL 26 Browns
47 Jared Cook TE 30 Packers
48 Michael Floyd WR 27 Patriots
49 Jamaal Charles RB 30 Chiefs
50 Malcolm Smith LB 27 Raiders

NFL 2017 Scouting Combine - Player Schedule

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NFL Scouting Combine

The best college football players are invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, In. This year 330 players will show up for extensive testing over a week as a critical part of the scouting progress for the NFL Draft. Top executives, coaching staffs, Player Personnel departments and Medical personnel from all 32 NFL teams will be on hand to evaluate the nation’s top college players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft. This intense, four-day job interview is an exciting time for the athletes and a vital step in achieving their dreams of playing in the NFL.

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With increasing interest in the NFL draft, the scouting combine has grown in scope and significance, allowing personnel directors to evaluate upcoming prospects in a standardized setting. Its origins have evolved from the National, BLESTO and Quadra Scouting organizations in 1977 to the media event it has become today.

Photo - WR 'Zay' Jones - East Carolina

Athletes attend by invitation only. Implications of an athlete's performance during the combine can affect their draft status and salary, and ultimately their career. The draft has popularized the term "workout warrior", whereby an athlete's "draft stock" is increased based on superior measurable qualities such as size, speed, and strength, despite having an average or sub-par college career.

The NFL Scouting Combine will be held February 28 - March 6, 2017

Schedule for on-field workouts by position at the NFL Combine:
March 3 – Running Backs, Offensive Line, Special Teams
March 4 – Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, Tight Ends
March 5 – Defensive Line, Linebackers
March 6 – Defensive Backs

Player Group Schedule
DAY 1 ARRIVALS*: Group 1 (PK, ST, OL), Group 2 (OL), Group 3 (RB)
Tuesday - February 28 - Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Overflow Testing ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Wednesday - March 1 - Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Overflow Testing ~ Interviews
Thursday - March 2 - Psychological Testing ~ NFLPA Meeting ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Media ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Friday - March 3 - On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

DAY 2 ARRIVALS*: Group 4 (QB, WO), Group 5 (QB, WO), Group 6 (TE)
Wednesday March 1 - Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~
Overflow Testing ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Thursday - March 2 - Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Overflow Testing ~ Interviews
Friday - March 3 - Psychological Testing ~ NFLPA Meeting ~ Media ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Saturday - March 4 - On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure

DAY 3 ARRIVALS*: Group 7 (DL), Group 8 (DL), Group 9 (LB)
Thursday - March 2 - Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~
Overflow Testing ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Friday - March 3 - Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Overflow Testing ~ Interviews
Saturday - March 4 - Psychological Testing ~ NFLPA Meeting ~ Media ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Sunday - March 5 - On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure

DAY 4 ARRIVALS: Group 10 (DB), Group 11 (DB)
Friday - March 3 - Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Overflow Testing ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Saturday - March 4 - Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Overflow Testing ~ Interviews
Sunday - March 5 - Psychological Testing ~ NFLPA Meeting ~ Media ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Monday - March 6 - On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

* Select players from any Group may arrive one day prior to their scheduled date listed above in order to assist with medical scheduling. This will be based on flight schedules and medical tests only and no players arriving early will have advanced contact with teams.

How are players selected for the NFL Combine?
Participants are determined annually by a Selection Committee. The Directors of both National and BLESTO scouting services, which combined represent twenty-five NFL teams, are joined by members of various NFL player personnel departments to form the committee. The participating NFL executives can rotate on a yearly basis, and remain anonymous. ALL eligible players are reviewed and voted on by the committee members. Each athlete receiving the necessary number of votes, by position, is then extended an invitation. While it is not a perfect science, the goal of the committee is to invite every player that will be drafted in the ensuing NFL Draft.

Tests/ Evaluations include:
40-yard dash
Bench press (225 lbs. repetitions)
Vertical jump
Broad jump
20 yard shuttle
3 cone drill
60-yard shuttle
Position-specific drills

Interviews – each team is allowed 60 interviews in 15-minute intervals
Physical measurements
Injury evaluation
Drug screen
The Cybex test
The Wonderlic test

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