Indianapolis is the center of the NFL universe for the next several days, with more than 300 of the top draft prospects converging downtown at Lucas Oil Stadium for the 2016 NFL Combine, ready to showcase their skills and talent to a bevy of scouts and personnel from all 32 teams. Players started arriving on Tuesday and by the end of Friday, all the position groups will be here.
Friday marks the start of the combine’s television coverage and the most-hyped part of the entire process — the on-field workouts, which include position-specific drills and various athletic tests. The first players who will participate in these intense workouts are the special teamers (kickers, punters), offensive linemen and tight ends.
“It’s very rewarding for me to see Dante (Fowler) be the player that he maybe would have been three or four years ago,” Quinn said. “Now, it’s up to him to continue it, take the next step and develop it. One of the most fun parts in coaching is finding guys, see what they can become and see it play out in front of you.”
The combine quarterback drills won’t confuse anyone for live-action throwing, but they’re the closest thing football fans will get for several months.
Brett Hundley: With neither Jameis Winston nor Marcus Mariota locks to throw, Hundley becomes the top passer of the likely participants. Based on talent, he can hang with anyone in the class, but he struggles with the non-physical aspects of the position. He won’t be able to resolve those issues with a simple throwing session, but teams will be paying close attention to how he performs throughout the combine.
Bryce Petty: Unlike many quarterback prospects, Petty can actually prove something to teams during the throwing sessions. He dealt with back issues throughout his final season at Baylor, and showing teams that he can move fluidly and make throws on the move would quell some of the concerns about his health.
Garrett Grayson: Few view Grayson as a starting prospect. However, he’s potentially the second coming of Drew Stanton, a high-end backup quarterback that coaches love to have in their locker rooms. Grayson has an odd throwing motion not unlike Winston’s, but it’s quick enough that it shouldn’t hold him back in the NFL.