Draft season: When and where is the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine?
The NFL Combine will be the first look at the 2023 NFL Draft prospects.
In a couple of weeks, the Philadelphia Eagles will be at the NFL Combine looking for prospects who fit with where they are looking to go schematically. The Birds and all of pro football’s other 31 teams are looking to go back to the Super Bowl and win it next year. The journey begins in March.
The season may be over, but pro football always knows how to showcase any event they are hosting. The NFL Scouting Combine is no different. It kicks off the pre-draft process. 319 college athletes will show off their athletic ability to management, coaches, and scouts of all 32 teams during the four-day event.
Let’s get into all the information you need about this year’s NFL Combine.
When and where is the 2023 NFL Combine?
The 2023 NFL Combine will begin on March 2nd and run through March 6th. The Combine is hosted at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Indy has welcomed the young pro hopefuls since 1987.
Draft prospects will begin to arrive for the combine before the official start date, as some will be there beginning February 27th.
Before these college athletes hit the field to do drills and measurements, they are also getting a little taste of the business side of the league.
During their five days in Indy, the players do team interviews, get a pre-exam, go to orientation, get a medical exam and ortho exam, do media interviews, and go to the NFLPA meeting.
Which position group goes first? Here are the dates when you see each position.
March 2nd: Defensive Lineman/Linebackers
March 3rd: Defensive Backs
March 4th: Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, and Tight Ends.
March 5th: Running Backs, and Offensive Linemen.
Check out the full schedule here at the NFL Combine’s website.
Where will the NFL Combine be broadcasted?
The Combine will be televised on the NFL Network starting on Thursday, March 2nd, at 3 PM ET. Watch on fuboTV. They have a free trial for new users.
It will also be streamed on the NFL app, and fans can get exclusive content about the event on the NFL + app.
Busy event for the NFL General Managers.
The NFL Combine lets the general managers of the 32 teams get a first-hand look at prospects, who they might already be interested in, and one they haven’t had on their board yet.
The prospect showcase can hurt an NFL hopeful’s future draft selection if teams are not impressed with what they saw, but it can also be the other way around. Some GMs may be happy with what they saw and move that draft prospect up their board.
General managers of teams do not just deal with college athletes at the NFL Draft Combine, as they talk with current players’ agents to negotiate deals.
Also, the GMs of the 32 teams talk to each other about potential trades they could do with each other.
For example, the Packers might use this team to gauge what other teams in the AFC are willing to give up for their quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Will Chicago really go nuts and trade their highly skilled quarterback Justin Fields? Well, they might have those conversations with the other teams at the Combine.
Philly’s General Manager Howie Roseman will be busy during these days looking at future Eagles, who could help the team bring home that Vince Lombardi Trophy.