The NFL Scouting Combine is the next major event on the league’s calendar, and will take pre-draft season into another gear.
Here is a look at the invitees:
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Three. Hundred. Thirty. Seven. That’s a lot of athletes, to say the least.
Here’s a position-by-position breakdown:
- 17 quarterbacks (including six top-50 prospects)
- 30 running backs
- 55 wide receivers
- 20 tight ends (including a pair of prospects the Bears met at the Senior Bowl)
- 51 offensive linemen
- 46 defensive linemen
- 44 linebackers (some the Bears have already met with)
- 61 defensive backs
- 7 punters
- 3 kickers (including one the Bears have already kicked the tires on)
- 2 long snappers
You can check them out here. And if you want more, The Athletic’s Dane Brugler has a list of Combine snubs and surprises, while PFF’s Anthony Treash compiled a collection of prospects who have the most to prove during Combine week.
The NFL Scouting Combine is a week-long event in Indianapolis that features draft-eligible prospects showcasing their skills in front of NFL front office executives, scouts, coaches, and fans who tune in on NFL Network to take in the event. There will be physical tests (40-yard dash, shuttle run, bench press, various jumps), mental tests, and seemingly countless interviews. To say the Bears (and the league’s other 31 teams) have their work cut out for them during Combine week would be selling it short. This is a big deal. And Chicago has to get it right.
If the Bears are going to right the ship and get back to their winning ways, the process will begin with a successful round of scouting at the Combine that serves as a springboard to a building a strong draft board. Once Combine week concludes, the draft-related fun truly begins.