NFL Combine Provides Showcase
Updated: February 17, 2015
By Michael LicataThe NFL draft eligible showcase begins this week in Indianapolis. The NFL universe will convene for the NFL Combine, featuring some of the best future rookies. The focus will be on former Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota. He will have to prove he can work within a professional offense. That includes dropping back drills, three and seven step drops and taking snaps from under center. The offensive and defensive linemen can make a huge jump in their respective draft stock by flashing in all the workouts. The quarterback on field workouts will be on Saturday. The linemen workout on the field on Sunday. The quarterbacks will work out with the wide receivers. The quarterbacks will be interesting to watch. Jameis Winston and Mariota are the best signal callers available. The argument for the third quarterback taken allows a few unknowns to emerge as the potential third quarterback taken at the draft. UCLA's Brett Hundley skipped out on the Senior Bowl, meaning most scouts will see him in person at the combine for the first time. Bryan Bennett and Shane Carden could make a solid impression on NFL scouts at the combine. Melvin Gordon will get the running back spotlight. Todd Gurley is still recovering from ACL surgery, meaning he will not participate in the drills. Amir Abdullah could enter the first round conversation if he puts up impressive numbers in the running back drills. There is extra incentive for the speed burners appearing at the combine. The top three fastest in the 40 yard dash wearing adidas cleats will win a 2015 Porsche 911 Carrera. That is some serious incentive for the faster defensive backs, running backs and wide receivers to excel in the 40 yard dash. Quarterbacks will be the most scrutinized players at the combine. It is the most important position and there is a huge void after the top two guys. Teams are looking to fill holes in their respective rosters and the draft will always be cheaper than free agency. Draft eligible players get a chance to shine in front of NFL talent evaluators and it should be interesting to see which unknowns come out on top after the combine.