The NFL Combine begins today at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana and runs through March 1st. Around 300 players have been invited to be interviewed, poked, prodded, tested and then judged by their efforts. Players have a great chance to make millions off of their results in drills such as the 40-yard dash, or lose millions in the same way.
The Baltimore Ravens have sent a contingent of 50 people to Indianapolis to cover the Combine. The entire coaching staff, key members of the Front Office, their scouting department and even members of BaltimoreRavens.com will be there to cover it for Ravens fans.
Ravens offensive line line coach, Andy Moeller, will be the NFL coach putting the college o-linemen through their drills, while the others will be observing and jotting down notes that will surely affect the 2011 NFL Draft in late-April. Other NFL coaches will lead the position drills for other NFL hopefuls. However, all eyes will probably be on the two most important drills of all: the 40-yard dash and the bench press.
The fastest participants will be in the 4.3 range, with anything under that already blazing threshold will probably wow the scouts enough to significantly raise the stock of the player who runs it. At the same time, the more impressive bench press numbers of the 225 pound bar will open up scouts' eyes, especially for the interior linemen on both sides of the ball.