In exactly one week, the first workouts of the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine will kick off in earnest. The coming days will see countless players, scouts, team executives, and media descending on Indianapolis to gawk at some of this year’s top prospects as they weigh in, talk to teams, and ultimately go through the workouts that will help determine their 2018 NFL Draft stock. It’s half weird meat market, half skills showcase, and it’s the most interesting thing happening on the NFL calendar until free agency kicks off in a couple of weeks.
The Falcons have six draft selections to use in April, and they’ll be watching these prospects closely at the Combine to firm up their existing evaluations and search for some diamonds in the rough. Teams get the opportunity to talk to prospects one-on-one, see how they stack up against their college measurements, and see how they perform in weight room and on-field workouts that are a moderately useful barometer (depending on who you ask, of course) of a particular player’s strengths and weaknesses.
Expect Atlanta to zero in on the kinds of players they’ve liked a lot in the past, which tend to be college seniors with productive collegiate careers, excellent broad jump and three cone times, and fitting key positions of need. This year, those positions look to be defensive tackle, guard, wide receiver, and perhaps tight end, cornerback, and edge rusher.
Here’s what you’ll need to know about the Combine.
2018 NFL Scouting Combine
February 27: Travel & Registration day for Special Teams, OL, and RBs
February 28: Measurements & Interviews for ST, OL, RBs
Arrivals for QBs, WRs, TEs
March 1: Bench Press/Media for ST, OL, RBs
Measurements & Interviews for QBs, WRs, TEs
Arrivals for DL, LBs
March 2: On-field workouts for ST, OL, RBs
Bench Press/Media for QBs, WRs, TEs
Measurements & Interviews for DL, LBs
Arrivals for DBs
March 3: On-field workouts for QBs, WRs, TEs
Bench Press/Media for DL, LBs
Measurements & Interviews for DBs
March 4: On-field workouts for DL, LBs
Bench Press & Media for DBs
March 5: On-field workouts for DBs
Who are the Falcons interested in?
The short answer is that we don’t quite know yet. We will be updating our tracker, however, as we hear about interest, so keep an eye out for that!