This will, in all likelihood, be Favre’s first public appearance since the Vikings loss to New Orleans in the NFC Championship game on January 24. One would assume Favre will comment on a variety of issues, most notably his potential future with the Vikings.
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As you’re surely aware of by now, this year’s NFL Scouting Combine is underway in Indianapolis as personnel departments and coaching staffs from across the league have descended upon Indianapolis to continue their evaluations of this year’s draft class.
But in case you’re not completely aware, let’s run down the basics of what the Combine actually is.
The nation’s top pro football prospects are invited to the Combine each year so NFL clubs can continue the process of turning over every possible stone to determine which players are best equipped to play at the NFL level.
It’s important to remember that the Combine is just one part – an important part – of a long evaluation process. By the time everyone gathers in Indianapolis, most teams have a general understanding of the draft class. The Combine’s value is derived from several factors (explained below), but clubs will typically only adjust their opinions of players after the Combine.
At the Combine, prospects are first weighed and measured – clubs look at each player’s physique and build. Then the prospects are evaluated by medical personnel to examine past injuries or uncover new/potential injuries. After that, the prospects participate in on-field drills specific to their positions. Receivers run routes and catch passes. Quarterbacks throw passes and demonstrate their footwork. There are even strength tests, intelligence tests and flexibility tests.
As you can see, the Combine can seem like a human version of cattle prodding.
But the Combine is about uncovering character and attitude as much as it’s about gauging speed and strength. Teams spend significant amounts of time with the players in meeting rooms, a place that can indicate potential just as easily as a football field. Teams want to get to know each player to see if he’s the type of person that they want to bring into their organization.
So there’s a basic rundown of this event. Be sure to stay tuned to vikings.com for comprehensive coverage of this year’s event. Also, remember to submit your Monday Morning Mailbag questions to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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As NFL coaches and talent evaluators gather in Indianapolis today for the commencement of the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine, it is also a time for teams to address other business matters.
One big discussion topic on the Vikings platter undoubtedly concerns RB Chester Taylor, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent (UFA) on March 5.
This report from the Star Tribune states that the Vikings and the agent for Taylor, Ken Sarnoff, are expected to meet later this week at the Combine to discuss the player’s future with the team.
It is believed that the Vikings desire to keep Taylor on the team, but the 9-year veteran has the ability (and will soon have the freedom) to become a starter on other NFL teams. It’s also important to note that we don’t expect the Vikings will use the franchise tag to retain Taylor because of the steep price required to do so.
Another factor to keep in mind is the release of veteran RBs LaDainian Tomlinson from the Chargers and Brian Westbrook from the Eagles, as Mike discussed on Tuesday.
All things considered, it will be interesting to see how this situation plays out in the coming weeks.
Check back to vikings.com to stay updated on coverage from the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine.
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I’ve arrived at the hotel in Indianapolis with a contingent of Vikings personnel as we begin to settle into our surroundings here at the NFL Scouting Combine. Next up for me is a quick bite to eat and then I’ll be back online updating you as frequently as possible.
Today, Day 1 of the Combine, is a big arrival day as I’m sure most every NFL teams has several members of the organization arriving in Indianapolis. It’s also a big arrival day for 3 groups of players: Group 1 consists of place kickers, special teamers and OL; Group 2 is OL; Group 3 is TEs.
Those 3 groups of players will travel to Indy, register, go through hospital pre-exam and x-rays, participate in orientation and then go through the interview process with particular teams.
I’ll have much more about the basics of the Combine later today. But for now, I’ve got to find some lunch. Be sure to keep checking back with vikings.com and the vikings.com Blog because we’re going to have wall-to-wall coverage of the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine.
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