NFL Scouting Combine 2019: Dates, First-round Prospects Predictions and TV Info

The new NFL season might not officially begin until March 13, and the 2019 draft is still two months away, but teams are back at work on Tuesday as the week-long NFL Combine kicks off in Indianapolis.

Here's all you need to know about the event and some of the possible new household names on show.

What is the NFL Combine?

The NFL Combine is one of the most eagerly awaited moments on the NFL calendar, as draft prospects get to show their abilities in front of executives, scouts and coaches from all 32 NFL franchises.

While most teams already know who they want to draft, the opportunity to cast their eye on over 300 players over the course of a week will provide a clearer picture, particularly when it comes to players likely to be selected outside the first three rounds.

Players undergo both physical and mental tests, including a 40-yard dash, vertical and broad jump, and both a 20-yard and a 60-yard shuttle. Prospects also have to do bench presses and take part in a three-cone drill and in position-specific drills. Each player undergoes a physical measurement and an injury evaluation as well as a drug screening.

Teams, meanwhile, are allowed 60 15-minute interviews.

When is the NFL Combine?

Technically, the first day of the Combine is Tuesday. However, on-field workouts do not begin until Friday.

The off-field events during the Combine, however, are just as important as the action on it. The annual convention is renowned as an occasion during which team executives discuss trades and free-agency offers.

The NFL Combine ends on Monday, March 4, when the final group of players complete their workouts.

Where is the NFL Combine?

As usual, the event will be held in Indianapolis, which has staged the Combine since 1987. The 2019 edition of the Combine will take place at the Lucas Oil Stadium, the home of the Indianapolis Colts, which has hosted the event since it was opened in 2008.

Where can I watch the NFL Combine?

NFL Network will broadcast the NFL Combine for the 15th consecutive year, beginning with press conferences on Wednesday. Coverage of the on-field workouts begins on Friday. On Saturday, ABC will broadcast two hours of the Combine as quarterbacks and wide receivers go through their workouts.

Who are the players to keep an eye on?

There will be plenty of talent on display in Indianapolis, starting with Nick Bosa. The defensive end from Ohio State is widely expected to be the number one overall pick at this year's draft. A unanimous First Team All-Big Ten and the Smith-Brown Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2017, Bosa opted to forego his senior year at college to enter the draft.

Nick Bosa
Nick Bosa attends SiriusXM at Super Bowl LIII Radio Row on February 1 in Atlanta, Georgia. Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM

A dominant player when fit, Bosa has suffered two serious injuries over the last four years, tearing his ACL in his senior year in high school and undergoing core muscle surgery last season.

University of Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen will be under the spotlight too. ESPN's Mel Kiper suggested earlier this month the 21-year-old, a unanimous All-American and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2018, will likely be among the top-three picks of this year's draft

Kyler Murray will also attract plenty of attention after opting for football over baseball. The explosive Oklahoma quarterback is likely to become the first player to ever be drafted in the first round in both the MLB and the NFL, but doubts remain over his stature.

At just under 5ft 10, Murray would be the shortest quarterback in the league if signed. Concerns over his height, however, have not damaged his stock, and Murray is expected to jostle with Ohio State signal-caller Dwayne Haskins for the accolade of first quarterback to be selected in the draft.

Any notable absentees?

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported on Saturday that Alabama safety Deionte Thompson, a possible first-round pick, will miss the Combine after undergoing wrist surgery.

Former Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons and ex Oklahoma receiver Marquise Brown are also among potential first-round picks who won't be in Indianapolis. The former tore his ACL in pre-draft workout and wasn't invited after being arrested for assault in the past, while the latter underwent Lisfranc surgery last month.

Kyler Murray
Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts after losing to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Michael Reaves/Getty Images
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