The Combine begins Sunday.
But what does that mean?
It's the ultimate job interview for NFL hopefuls, and it all goes down in Indianapolis. Players get measured, weighed, and tested physically, mentally and psychologically in a slew of different ways. They're meeting with general managers, coaches, scouts and other key decision-makers from NFL teams, and it's a prime opportunity to improve draft status.
Check out shots of current Texans defensive players from previous NFL Combines. (Photos via AP Images)
Below are nine key facts to know about the 'The Combine'.
- Officially, it's called the National Invitational Camp. But it's most commonly called the NFL Scouting Combine, or 'The Combine'.
- The first Combine was held in 1982 in Tampa, Florida. Back then, National Football Scouting, Inc. ran it so NFL clubs could have medical information on the top college football prospects that were entering the NFL Draft. 163 players attended that first one.
- In addition to the medical evaluations, players attending the Combine also go through an array of psychological and physical tests, and they have formal and informal interviews with representatives from NFL teams.
- After a couple of stops in New Orleans, as well as Arizona, the Combine settled in Indianapolis in 1987. It's been held there ever since.
- This year, 337 players were invited to attend.
- An anonymous committee, consisting of the directors from a pair of scouting services, along with members from many NFL personnel departments review and vote on the eligible players.
- This year's Combine runs from Sunday, February 23 to Sunday, March 1.
- The Combine takes place at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indianapolis Convention Center, and several adjoining hotels.
- When running the 40-yard dash, you can't wear track spikes. Or metal spikes.
Check out shots of current Texans offensive players from previous NFL Combines. (Photos via AP Images)