Up next on the NFL calendar of important dates is the most critical pre-draft event Ryan Pace will attend in his time as Bears general manager: The NFL Scouting Combine.
The NFL Scouting Combine participants list has been released. All 330 players listed here:
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Indeed, the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis is just 13 days away, and the Bears will have their work cut out for them. If you’re unfamiliar with the event, the week-long prospect showcase will feature physical and mental tests for players and will be viewed by NFL general managers, scouts, coaches, and fans who tune in on NFL Network.
No pressure, folks.
And with April’s draft right around the corner, the Bears (and you!) will want to collect as much information on the potential draft prospects as possible. Fortunately, over at NFL.com, you can check out a full list of combine participants which can be sorted by a player’s name, position, and college. If you’ve got the time, it’s not a bad way to spend it.
However, not every eligible college player is invited (or even accepts an invitation) to the Combine.
In fact, quarterback Chad Kelly – the nephew of Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly – is one of the more notable players not to be among the 330 participants. Kelly, who comes with his share of off-the-field concerns that range from serious (guilty plea to a non-criminal charge of disorderly conduct) to silly (failed online tryst with porn star Mia Khalifa), also makes Chase Goodbread’s list of most notable prospects who won’t be probed in Indianapolis.
If the Bears are going to take a step forward in their rebuilding process, it will begin with successfully scouting at the Combine. So take a moment, and familiarize yourself with some of the guys that’ll be there.