NFL Scouting Combine, the action begins Friday

Tentative Combine workout schedule:
» GROUP 1: Friday, Mar 1: PK, ST, OL, RB 
» GROUP 2: Saturday, Mar 2: QB, WO, TE 
» GROUP 3: Sunday, Mar 3: DL, LB 
» GROUP 4: Monday, Mar 4: DB 

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Earlier this week, the NFL Scouting Combine actually began. A lot of it is stuff the general public or casual fan isn’t really interested in. So Friday marks the day when the “fun” stuff starts.

But here’s the process run-down.

The first wave (known as Group 1) of the 338 invitees starting orientation on Tuesday. They got themselves registered; and then got their hospital pre-exam and x-rays out of the way.

Group 2 arrived on Wednesday and started their registration process, while Group 1 was having their measurements taken; taking their medical exams, and beginning the interview process.

Wednesday is also the day when NFL GM’s and HC’s talk with the media.

RELATED: With 3 picks in the first round, Oakland Raiders’ GM Mike Mayock talks vision for 2019 NFL Draft.

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This morning, Group 1 will do their psychological testing. There will be an NFLPA Meeting. PK/ST will workout. These players will talk to the media, do the Bench Press and continue interviewing with teams.

Group 3, also, arrives today for registration; while Group two is getting their measurements take, etc…

On Friday morning, Group 1 will do on-field workouts (timing, stations, skills drills). Group 2 will go their psyche evals. and the bench press. Group 3 will be having their measurements takes and medical exams. Group 4 arrives and gets registered, etc..

On Saturday, Group 2 will do on-field workouts. Group 3 does the media, psyche testing, bench press and interviews.

On Sunday, Group 3 will do on-field workouts. Group 4 does the media, psyche testing, bench press and interviews.

On Monday, Group 4 will do on-field workouts. And the event is over.

Some of the most important skills tests include:

  • 40-yard dash
  • Bench press (225 lb repetitions)
  • Vertical jump
  • Broad jump
  • 20-yard shuttle
  • 3 cone drill

To view the full list of prospects invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, click here.

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KEY DATES

The NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis will begin on Feb. 26; the franchise-tag deadline is on March 5; free agency starts on March 13; and then the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee, will run from April 25-27.

2019 PLAYER PROFILE: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

One of my favorite players in this year’s draft, LSU’s Andraez “Greedy” Williams. Williams has “it.” Whatever the “it factor” is, Williams has it – you could call it a modest abundance of confidence, I like to call it “swag.” And his confidence comes from his physical ability. He’s got rare quickness, agility and speed for his size. He’s not yet begun to reach his full potential.

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2019 NFL DRAFT: ANDRAEZ “GREEDY” WILLIAMS | CB | LSU

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 185 | Class: rs Sophomore | 40 time: 4.48

Williams has the size NFL teams are looking for these days. It’s hard to cover a 6-5 receiver with a 5-8 DB. What makes Williams special is his athleticism for such a tall, lanky, corner. He can box out with his big frame. He’s got long-arms which he uses well at the line and when the ball is in the air. He has exceptional instincts and anticipation. He’s good at reading the receiver’s eyes, and turns for the ball at the right moment. He is experienced in both man-to-man and zone.

Greedy Williams hopes to soar at the next level.
Photo: Brett Duke, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune

Williams has dropped a few balls that could’ve been picks. He plays with a desire to smother his opponent, and at times can give up a big play, miss on a slant, and has known to be grabby downfield. He’s only a redshirt sophomore, so there’s room for improvement, and that’s the exciting part.

In 2018, Williams was one of the top lockdown corners in the country. He was finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, thanks to his two interceptions and nine pass breakups. But his biggest contributions was not allowing receivers to get open at all — unfortunately, there’s not a game stat for that.

Has started all 23 games of his career with eight interceptions. He became the first LSU player since Craig Steltz in 2007 to lead the SEC in interceptions. Full name is Andraez but goes by Greedy. Grandmother nicknamed him Greedy when he was young. His older brother Rodarius is a starting cornerback for Oklahoma State. He grew up playing youth league football with Devin White.

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Plus all NEW, updated, Position Rankings: QBWRDEDT, and more.

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Team Needs:

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

2019 PLAYER PROFILE: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

Clelin Ferrel had an amazing season, winning 2018 Hendricks Award, winning a National Championship and being named a Consensus All-American. He possesses a quick first step and uses his long arms to his advantage. Because of his size, he holds up well against the run and can be an every down player.

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2019 NFL DRAFT: CLELIN FERRELL | DE | CLEMSON

Height: 6-5| Weight: 260 | Class: Junior | 40 time:

Ferrell may be the most polished edge rusher in the draft. He has prototypical size for his position. On passing plays, he shows a springy first step, followed by good dip and lean. He’s really good at using his long arms to create distance and has a nice punch. Ferrell shows a nice rip move and can swim inside. He keeps his head up and reacts quickly, resulting is tackles for loss. He’s a stout run stopper that sets a good edge.

Ferrell doesn’t have the bend of an you’d like to see, but he get round most tackles on pure athleticism. Top tier tackles were able to handle his speed rush and wall him off at times. While he does have a good arsenal of moves, Farrell is far from reaching his ceiling – and good coaching at the next level will only help him get better.

Ferrell was a Consensus All-American in 2018.
Photo: Tigersnet.com

Ferrell was a consensus first-team All-American, earning selections by AP, Sporting News and Walter Camp. He was also named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year; first-team All-ACC; and unanimous first-team AP All-ACC selection and earned AP ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

The junior pass rusher from Richmond, Va., entered bowl season credited with 45 tackles, including 17 for loss; 10.5 sacks; three pass breakups; two forced fumbles; and a fumble recovered for a touchdown. He started every game for the Tigers.

In his three-year career, he had 47.5 tackles for loss, eighth most in Tiger history, and 26 sacks, fifth most in school history.

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Plus all NEW, updated, Position Rankings: QBWRDEDT, and more.

Team Needs:

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

2019 PLAYER PROFILE: Josh Allen, DE/OLB, Kentucky

Josh Allen has enough athleticism to play linebacker in the 3-4. He has enough size to play on the edge in a 4-3. He’s a guy who has worked hard for everything honor he’s earned. While other players were skipping bowl games, Allen wrapped up his senior year by getting 3 sacks and a blocked kick in the Citrus Bowl. He hustles. He’s grown and gotten better each and every year. And no matter what team selects him, they’ll be getting a true football player.

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2019 NFL DRAFT: JOSH ALLEN | DE | KENTUCKY

Height: 6-4| Weight: 252 | Class: Senior | 40 time:

Allen has prototypical size to play end in the NFL. On passing plays, he shows excellent agility, with enough speed and burst to get past the offensive lineman. He has good bend, dip, and lean when taking the corner. Allen has the quickness to split the gap if asked to rush inside. He shows great closing burst when tracking down from the backside. He plays with his eyes, and his reactions without hesitation.

Occasionally, he’ll try to duck blockers instead of shedding them. While he has a good speed move, good rip and chop, he’ll need to add more moves to his arsenal at the next level.

Josh Allen was a 2018 Consensus All-American.
Photo: David Stephenson, AP

Allen finished his career with 220 total tackles (121 solo), 42 tackles for loss, and 31.5 sacks. He caused 11 fumbles, recovered two, and snagged one INT while in Lexington.

In 2018, Allen set a school single-season record with 17 sacks this past season. Overall, he had 21 tackles for loss and forced five fumbles. He recovered two fumbles. Allen also broke up four passes.

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Team Needs:

AZ | SF | NYJ | OAK | TB | NYG | JAX | DET | BUF | DEN | CIN | GB | MIA | ATL | WASH | CAR | CLE |MIN | TEN | PIT | SEA | BALT | HOU | CHI | PHI | IND | DAL | LAC | KC | NO | LAR | NE

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.