Previewing the NFL Scouting Combine

Jake Trotter takes a look at the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine, which will host several players with local connections who are seeking a professional football career.
BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Published: February 22, 2011
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The scouting for the 2011 NFL Draft kicks up another notch this week in Indianapolis during the Scouting Combine.

Among the 325 prospects on hand will be OU's Jeremy Beal, Quinton Carter and DeMarco Murray, and OSU's Ugo Chinasa, Kendall Hunter and Orie Lemon. In a full week of medical exams and physical and psychological testing, this will be a chance for Bedlam's best to make a lasting impression with NFL executives.

How they, and others, perform will go a long way in determining where — and if — they get drafted come April.

Previewing the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine:

LOCALS IN THE COMBINE

The one with the most to gain: OSU running back Kendall Hunter

Hunter, who had a stellar Senior Bowl week, could continue to help himself with a brisk 40-yard dash. The strength is there, the quickness is there. If the straight-line speed also is there, and the ankle checks out in the medical exams, Hunter could become one of the top five backs to come off the board.

The one who should dazzle in the interviews: OU safety Quinton Carter

The Sooner All-American is soft-spoken, but scouts will fall in love with the work Carter has done off the field. Coupled with a strong performance in the physical testing, Carter could assure himself of being a third-round pick, maybe better.

The one with the most to lose in the medical exam: OU running back DeMarco Murray

The OU running back is on the fringe of being a second-round pick. But should any of his past injuries become an issue during the medical exams, that will surely drop his stock considering he has durability questions.

The one who could surprise: OSU defensive end Ugo Chinasa

At best, Chinasa is a late-round pick going into the combine. But if he can show off his underrated quickness and speed, Chinasa could catch someone's eye. He needs a strong performance in the physical testing drills.

The one who could disappoint: OU defensive end Jeremy Beal

Like former Sooner Curtis Lofton, combine testing is not Beal's forte. His 40 time won't be good, and he won't impress in any of the other physical testing categories, either. But like Lofton, Beal is a ballplayer, and the team that overlooks Beal's combine numbers could end up with a steal in the draft.

The one who needs to be solid: OSU linebacker Orie Lemon

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NFL SCOUTING COMBINE SCHEDULE

FEBRUARY 23-MARCH 1

FEB. 23-26

Day 1 Arrivals

Group 1 (PK, ST, OL), Group 2 (OL), Group 3 (TE)

Wednesday: travel, registration, pre-exam and X-ray, orientation, interviews

Thursday: measurements, exams, media, psych tests, interviews

Friday: NFLPA meeting, psych tests, PK/ST workout, interviews

Saturday: workout (timing, stations, skill drills), departure

FEB. 24-27

Day 2 Arrivals

Group 4 (QB, WR), Group 5 (QB, WR), Group 6 (RB)

Thursday: travel, registration, pre-exam and X-ray, orientation, interviews

Friday: measurements, exams, media, psych tests, interviews

Saturday: NFLPA meeting, psych tests, workout, interviews

Sunday: workout (timing, stations, skill drills), departure

FEB. 25-28

Day 3 Arrivals

Group 7 (DL), Group 8 (DL), Group 9 (LB)

Friday: travel, registration, pre-exam and X-ray, orientation, interviews

Saturday: measurements, exams, media, psych tests, interviews

Sunday: NFLPA meeting, psych tests, workout, interviews

Monday: workout (timing, stations, skill drills), departure

FEB. 26-MARCH 1

Day 4 Arrivals

Group 10 (DB), Group 11 (DB)

Saturday: travel, registration, pre-exam and X-ray, orientation, interviews

Sunday: measurements, exams, media, psych tests, interviews

Monday: NFLPA meeting, psych tests, workout, interviews

Tuesday: workout (timing, stations, skill drills), departure

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