Thu, Feb 21, 2013
Physical Measurements (height/weight)
Thursday: Special Teams, Offensive Linemen, Tight Ends
Friday: Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, Running Backs
Saturday: Defensive Linemen, Linebackers
Sunday: Defensive Backs
Friday: Special Teams, Offensive Linemen, Tight Ends
Saturday: Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, Running Backs
Sunday: Defensive Linemen, Linebackers
Monday: Defensive Backs
On-Field Drills (40-Yard Dash, Cone drill, Shuttle drills, Vertical and Broad jumps, and position drills)
Saturday: Special Teams, Offensive Linemen, Tight Ends
Sunday: Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, Running Backs
Monday: Defensive Linemen, Linebackers
Tuesday: Defensive Backs
40-yard dash: Measures straight line speed over a distance. Not very important for non-skill position players, but coming from the 40-yard dash is the "10-yard split." That is the time it takes to travel the first 10 yards of the event and gives a measurement as to the player's explosion and first step.
Bench press: Fairly simple, it measures upper body strength. Moreso it shows if you have stayed in good condition over the offseason. Poor numbers here possibly indicate not working hard enough.
Vertical and Broad jump: Another measurement of explosion and lower body strength. Also important for wide receivers and defensive backs to show off their leaping ability.
3-cone drill: Essentially a change of direction drill. Most important for skill position players. Shows off lateral agility and ability to accelerate out of a turn. One of the drills that translates best on the field. A good score in the 3 cone is often a marker for a high draft pick.
20/60-yard shuttles: Shows the ability to come to a complete stop and accelerate. Obviously important for any position and a good score here is indicative of explosion and body control. As you can see, explosion is a big factor here and one that the NFL is keen to see.
Position-specific drills: Each position has specific drills that test for many different attributes. Change of direction and hip swing for defensive backs, hands skills for wide receivers during the "gauntlet," kick slide drills for the offensive linemen, power for the defensive linemen in hitting bag drills and accuracy for quarterbacks in throwing drills.