Beginning Tuesday, February 28th, 330 young men begin their quest for NFL stardom.
It’s official. This week, every NFL team begins the first phase of putting a roster together for the 2017 season. The NFL Combine has become one of the most exciting parts of the process. For many, it’s the first chance to see future NFL greats in action. 330 of the nation’s best and brightest will participate in interviews and on-field drills, and the Philadelphia Eagles‘ brass will be in attendance to take it all in.
It begins February 28th as placekickers and special teams players (all known as group one), offensive linemen (who will be split into group one and two) and running backs (group three) arrive. They’ll undergo pre-exams and x-rays, testing and orientation. Then, they’ll attend NFLPA meetings, workouts and psychological testing before hitting the bench press. Finally, they’ll take the field to participate in on-field drills, and that will begin on March 3rd.
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It’s pretty much the same routine for everyone else. The only difference is the quarterbacks, tight ends and wide receivers will arrive on March 1st. Quarterbacks and wide receivers will be broken into group four and five, and tight ends make up group six. All three groups will begin their on-field portion will begin on March 4th.
Defensive linemen (group seven and eight) and linebackers (group nine) arrive March 2nd and take the field on March 5th, and defensive backs (group ten and eleven) arrive March 3rd and take the field March 6th.
You’ll be able to view workouts in their entirety on The NFL Network. Keep in mind we’ll also hear from Howie Roseman, the Eagles executive vice president of football operations, and head coach Doug Pederson. It will be nice to do so as both have been quiet since the season ended, and former head coach Chip Kelly never spoke to the media during these events.