A Glimpse At The Who, What, Where, When Of The Combine

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 20, 2013 – 8:52 am

It takes a player four days to complete his Combine experience. But the Combine is a seven-day (February 20-26) event on the NFL calendar. What’s with the discrepancy, you ask? There are typically over 300 athletes invited to the Combine (333 this year), and getting that many athletes through the process requires a staggered schedule over the course of a week.

Not all the players are here in Indianapolis at the same time. For example, Wednesday is the day kickers, special teams players and offensive linemen arrive. But defensive backs, on the other hand, don’t arrive until Saturday. All other positions arrive, go through the process and depart on the days in between.

The players are broken up into positions and then into groups (there are 11 groups this year). Then those groups go through the various stages of the Combine on a staggered schedule until the event concludes on Tuesday when the defensive backs and personnel from all 32 of the NFL’s franchises depart.

Here’s a breakdown of the four-day schedule…

Day 1: Travel to Indianapolis, Registration, Orientation, Exams, etc.
Day 2: Measurements, (more) Exams, Media Availability, Interviews
Day 3: NFLPA meeting, Testing, Bench Press, Interviews
Day 4: On-Field Workout, Departure from Indianapolis

Also, here’s how each group is scheduled to advance through the Combine process…

Day 1 Arrivals: Group 1 (PK, ST, OL), Group 2 (OL), Group 3 (TE)
Day 2 Arrivals:  Group 4 (QB, WR), Group 5 (QB, WR), Group 6 (RB)
Day 3 Arrivals: Group 7 (DL), Group 8 (DL), Group 9 (LB)
Day 4 Arrivals: Group 10 (DB), Group 11 (DB)

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40 Responses to “A Glimpse At The Who, What, Where, When Of The Combine”

  1. By JE on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    This years draft is so interesting to me because i just have no clue were the team is going to go.I think we all agree that a reciever is a must at some point but other than that it seems anything could be a posibility.

  2. By JE on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    Listening to Spielmans comments im thinking the Vikings are going to trade down if they can. This draft is deep at reciever and in offensive and defensive lineman.He said we currently have nine picks and hopefully will turn that into a few more….That means trading down to me.

  3. By Parkway on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    Don’t buy the cra p that “analysts” are spewing about Harvin.

    How is this for a comparison:

    They are saying that Revis should be able to be traded for a first and a 3rd.
    -He is going to want a HUGE contract
    -He’s already held out before
    -He’s 28
    -Arguably the best or 2nd best CB in the league
    -Recently torn ACL
    -Everyone knows the Jets are trying hard to get under the cap

    Harvin we can only get a 2nd or third for?
    -Wants a big contract, not as big as Revis
    -Has never held out
    -He’s only 24
    -Best slot WR in the league
    -Vikes do not have cap issues

    This is called the “big market” bias.

    So get real, we shouldn’t accept less than a first and 2nd/third for Harvin if we actually do trade him.

  4. By JE on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    Looking back at last years draft i would give the team a very high grade..A- or B+. If Spielman and staff can pull that off again this year it would be huge!!! These drafts really make or break your football team for several years down the road. Good Luck and SKOL VIKINGS!!!!

  5. By Frederick Jones on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    Jonesboy just heard Paul Allen say the Vikings should pick “something called a Quentin Norwood.”

    He should be glad he works public radio rather than a real job. If he was a teacher, his contract would be cancelled for talking like that!!!

  6. By JE on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    I agree,Harvin isnt going anywhere!! They were saying we could only get a 2nd or 3rd for him!! YEA,RIGHT!! There is no chance we are that stupid. You could never replace Harvin for that. NOT EVEN CLOSE!!!

  7. By Frederick Jones on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    If it’s true that Harvin is history, then the Vikings MUST take a WR, or get one via free agency. That becomes their #1 need.

    Let Harvin sit out the first few games rather than give him up for a third rounder!

  8. By Frederick Jones on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply


    I hope you are right about the Vikings not being stupid enough to get rid of Harvin for a 3rd rounder. Unfortunately freddiethefoot sees them give him up for a 2nd rounder, which would still be a mistake.

  9. By JE on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    Players like Harvin are hard to find.I REPEAT,HARVIN WILL REMAIN A VIKING WEATHER HE LIKES IT OR NOT!!!

  10. By Parkway on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    Read what I just wrote about Harvin

  11. By JE on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    If Arizona wants to trade Larry Fitsgerald for Percy and a small kicker like the 7th rounder we got from them in this years draft that would be the only senario i would give up Harvin. Other than that,KEEP HIM!!!

  12. By JE on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    There is talk that Larry wants out of Arizona and what better place to go than to the Vikings. If Spielman could pull that off he would be the toast of the town.The next 10 weeks are awesome if your a true NFL football fan!!

  13. By Parkway on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    There’s as much chance of Fitz becoming a viking as there is Tom Brady is our starting QB with Peyton as our backup next year.

  14. By Frederick Jones on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply


    I read what you wrote about Harvin. We must get 1st Round talent for this guy, or keep him.

    I’m not buying that he is that much of a problem.

    Even the FreddieTHEeddie is beginning to see the need for a WR. We may need to sit Harvin for a time, and get someone who could replace him. Then when Harvin comes back maybe we’ll have a WR group worthy of fear.

  15. By Frederick Jones on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    We still need a guard, dt, and linebacker. Use of free agency may be wise with Peterson PROBABLY nearing the end of his career.

  16. By Frederick Jones on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    It all has to come together at the same time.

    Running game

    Pass Defense

    P@assing Game

    Run Defense

    Special Teams

    The Vikings are very close, but need a few moving parts yet.

  17. By BlueBird7 on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply


    I like the way you put that.


    Harvin will “weather” the storm, and play likje he has before.

  18. By BlueBird7 on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply


    We need a motor to make all those moving parts run.

  19. By Frederick Jones on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    @PurpleHaze…I had to copy a note that you wrote. It’s just like the jonesboy’s all about the hype. Ponder or Webb can fulfill our wildest fantasies as early as next year IF we get the other pieces to the puzzle.

    By PurplHaze on Feb 19, 2013 | Reply

    Parkway … I thought it was funny that it’s all over the press that Revis is being traded, but Revis HIMSELF knows NOTHING about it! That’s media for ya!

  20. By Frederick Jones on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    Jones does not have all the answers.

    He does not know if picking a guard first is best. There are some strange things going on with the Vikings. The Harvin controversy being just one of them. Again no one is talking about the O Line.

    Then again if you were the PA (Paul Allen) and had to see these guys almost daily during the season…would you be spouting off how weak our O Line is?????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  21. By Frederick Jones on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    It’s easy for Fred the Sled to slap the O Line with a #1 Stinker Unit badge. I can hide behind my computer!

    But what is REAL here?

  22. By Frederick Jones on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    A lot of us look at the b@ll not leaving the QB soon enough. We see it go to the same receiver over, and over. We see b@lls dive into the dirt. ETC, ETC, ETC.

    But is that the O Line, the receivers, or the QB?

    I really don’t think you know. Maybe even the coaches don’t know!!!

  23. By Frederick Jones on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    Chuck Noll, the great Pittsburgh Steelers Coach who’s teams won 4 Super Bowls was willing to take the unglamourous player. He knew how important OLs and DBs were to a winning organization.

    Do our coaches know this? Perhaps they do. I, Jones do not know.

    They have a lot to prove.

  24. By Parkway on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    Spielman is on record saying he thinks the draft is deep in Oline and WR so you can expect those to be picked in rounds 2-4 most likely and maybe take Ogletree or Minter in the first for a position that isn’t as deep

  25. By Frederick Jones on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    Then there are the 3rd down decisions. If you don’t want to explain because it will give away your brilliant game plan…then say that.

    Jones just thinks it’s ridiculous.

  26. By Frederick Jones on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply


    What do you mean motor? Announcers are always saying Jared Allen has a motor?

  27. By Frederick Jones on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply


    We did have a good draft last season. Hopefully Speilman can make a deal or two to get the people we need.

    We seem to need LBs more than CBs now. What do you think about that?

  28. By Parkway on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    I’d say they are pretty even. We definitely need linebackers who can cover but we also need at least one more big physical CB. So unless we can get Patterson somehow in the first, I’d like to see either Ogletree/Minter or Rhodes in the first.

  29. By JE on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    So Parkway,your saying there isnt a chance that Fitzgerald will ever be a Viking? Why not?? He said himself if he ever left Arizona he would love to come back to Minnesota and play for the Vikings.We are in dire need of a legit number 1 wideout. I would do whatever it takes to make it Larry. Nothing better than a player wanting to be in Minnesota,unlike Harvin.

  30. By JE on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    I know its wishful thinking but you have to admit that Fitz would be a perfect fit in Minnesota.A position of huge need and a player who would love to be here sounds like a good deal to me.

  31. By Parkway on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    He’s going to be 31, he’s said he’s committed to AZ, AZ just gave him a huge new contract, they already paid him a ton of bonuses.

    No no no no

  32. By BlueBird7 on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply


    I was referring to a GOOD Quarterback…….

  33. By Troutdaddy on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    Ok, so who are the Vikes really looking at in the combine? We know that the QB class is not the greatest and the WR class has some good prespects, but who do the Vikes really have their eyes on? My Guess is Allen or Patterson at WR are being looked at closely. The whole Harvin thing is really becoming a bother. He is not saying anything and everyone else is just replaying the same old broken record about stuff that happened during the season. Noone knows anything so I wish the speculation would just stop until Harvin himsself goes on the record. I for one hope he stays. I waited a long time to buy my next Vikings Jersey (Harvin of course!) and for that fact I hope he stays for a while or else I am going to make him buy me a replacement!

  34. By PurplHaze on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    Time to find our “gems”! You KNOW Rick has the master plan! SKOL VIKINGS!!!

  35. By odark30 on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    The thing I like most about the combine is that all 32 teams have all their appropriate staff together in one location. There is a lot of trade talks that happen during this event. There is always big news immediately following the combine. Watching the prospects perform is a nice bonus.

  36. By Max Lussier on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    I really can not see Ponder developing. Very little lateral vision, I know he can run great, but his agent will put that to and end, too many risks.
    Is there any thoughts about the QB position yet?
    We need to get all of this settled soon, and keep in mind a banner season for the new stadium.
    Draft is a great thing to put some heavy attention on, just don’t look to fill positions that you think you need, pick for what can fit well.
    But please, look to the QB needs!

  37. By RichardA1 on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    test pass fail

  38. By Anthony Pate on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t like to bash any player, but the reason that the Vikings did not win more football games is because of the inconsistent play of Christian Ponder. All the Vikings need is a consistent down field passing threat on offense and they will be Super Bowl contenders for the next 5 years. The passing game does not scare anybody in the NFL. Defensive Cordinators put 8 or 9 men in the box for a reason. Just throw down the field a minimum of ten times a game and that wil put an end to that!

  39. By Vikings1 on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    By JE on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    I know its wishful thinking but you have to admit that Fitz would be a perfect fit in Minnesota.A position of huge need and a player who would love to be here sounds like a good deal to me.
    Cost is too high to get Fitz, correct me if I am wrong but didn’t he sign about a $100 M contract not too long ago?

  40. By hnzthao on Feb 21, 2013 | Reply

    does everyone agree if Alex Smith gets cut we should get him because i think he will be fine with ap behind him!

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