The NFL Combine will be kicking off tomorrow and will run from February 23rd to March 1st in Indianapolis. As is tradition, coaches, GM’s and scouts will flock to Indiana for the annual event. Much like the draft, the combine has grown in stature over the past decade, it will be covered live on NFL Network, talked about extensively by the mainstream media and at least one player will come from no where and plant himself firmly toward the top of a lot of different teams’ draft boards.
If you are interested, you can find the complete list of invited players here. There are 329 in total, most will do all the drills while others will pick and choose. You can be sure that Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik and a contingent of scouts and coaches will be present at Lucas Oil Stadium.
This is what Dominik seems to do best, evaluating young players and making good decisions in the draft. I’m sure the Bucs head to Indianapolis with a list of players they are interested in seeing before combine activities even commence and by the time they return to Tampa that list may look entirely different. Aside from drills teams have a chance to give medical evaluations to players as well as test their intelligence (with the infamous wonderlic test) and interview them as well. The Bucs do extensive research on all their prospects, so this will hardly be all the Bucs base their decisions on, but it does mark the official starting point of the process (though work has been done on it all year).