11 Things You Didn’t Know About the NFL Scouting Combine

  • David Gonos

NFL Scouting Combine - Joe Robbins

For many football fans, the first weekend of the NFL season is the best time of the year. For some, it’s the Super Bowl! For others it’s their Fantasy Football Draft Day, and then there’s the NFL Draftniks that can’t get enough of prospects. No matter which group you are closely associated with, the NFL Scouting Combine is the first official act of the “next season” after the Super Bowl.

The 2017 NFL Scouting Combine will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, once again, on February 28 to March 6, 2017.

That means 31 non-championship teams are ready to start dreaming big again, wondering which college players might be able to help shape their NFL team into a dominant force. Last year, the Cowboys started their love affair with both Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott at the NFL Scouting Combine. They fell short of the Super Bowl, but you can bet they think one or two players from this year’s NFL Draft will be able to put them over the top.

We thought we’d share some interesting facts about the NFL Scouting Combine that you might not have known. These factoids will definitely help you appreciate it much more, as you size up the college football prospects that might turn your team into a contender.

11 Things You Didn’t Know About the NFL Scouting Combine

Most of these factoids came from the Wiki page for the NFL Scouting Combine, as well as a great piece written over at FiveThirtyEight.com on the Wonderlic test.

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David Gonos

David Gonos has been writing about sports online since 2001, including CBSSports.com, FoxSports.com, NFL.com, MLB.com and SportsIllustrated.com.