With the NFL’s offseason schedule coming so quickly after the Super Bowl, the league has keenly made sure there is no real offseason. Today, the Franchise Tag window opened.  Next week the Giants’ front office and coaching staff descend on Indianapolis for the week-long NFL Combine.

While the Combine is slated to begin on February 26th with medical exams, measurements, strength and agility tests, interviews with the teams, and interviews with the media, the on-field work doesn’t begin until February 29th when linebackers and defensive linemen take the field.  Here’s a quick rundown of the schedule by position:

PositionMedia InterviewsMeasurementsOn-Field Workouts
LinebackersFebruary 28thFebruary 29thFebruary 29th
Defensive LinemenFebruary 28thFebruary 29thFebruary 29th
Defensive BacksFebruary 29thMarch 1stMarch 1st
Tight EndsFebruary 29thMarch 1stMarch 1st
QuarterbacksMarch 1stMarch 2ndMarch 2nd
Wide ReceiversMarch 1stMarch 2ndMarch 2nd
Running BacksMarch 1stMarch 2ndMarch 2nd
Offensive LinemenMarch 2ndMarch 3rdMarch 3rd
Special Teams (K/P/LS)March 2ndMarch 3rdMarch 3rd

The Giants front office and scouting staff have done months of research on draft prospects, watching college practices, game film, and games in person.  They have already narrowed their focus to specific prospects at positions of need.  The NFL Combine allows them to meet individually with many of their targeted prospects.  These interviews take place throughout the week.  

The Combine is not the final showcase for draft prospects.  College Pro Days have supplanted the Combine as the final opportunity for draft prospects to show their abilities.  But the Combine is a huge opportunity for prospects to raise their draft stock.  There will be many prospects that will do whatever they can to make clubs put them on their draft boards if not move them up the boards.  There will also be prospects that believe they are already high draft picks that may choose to limit the events they participate in during the Combine.  Instead they will choose to perform at their college pro days in a much more controlled and choreographed workout. 

By the way, the Giants don’t just plan to focus on the 321 invited prospects covering all position groups during the Combine.  They are also scheduled to meet with Saquon Barkley’s representatives in Indianapolis.  This will be the first meeting in the hopes of negotiating a new deal for the team’s star running back that has expressed a desire to be a Giant for life.

 

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