There will be 11 players from in-state colleges taking part in the NFL Combine this week. Here’s a quick overview of each as the week of testing and interviews and physicals begins Tuesday.
The first of wave players begins arriving Tuesday in Indianapolis for the annual NFL Combine.
Ultimately. the number of players taking part will include 11 from in-state schools, led by seven from the University of Washington, a school record (though interestingly, that’s not among the top 10 of all schools in the country and not even the most among Pac-12 schools as USC and Utah will send eight).
The Combine — which for each player is a four-day exercise in on-field workouts, measurements, psychological testing and meetings with teams — is ostensibly designed to help NFL coaches and scouts answer questions they may have about each prospect as they prepare for the draft, which this year is April 27-29.
Here is a quick look at each of the in-state players scheduled to participate at the Combine with a key question they will have to answer.
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