The 2011 NFL Combine gets underway on Thursday as many of the top draft prospects hit the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to run through a bevy of workouts in front of scouts and NFL personnel. With Cam Newton, Jake Locker and many of the other top prospects scheduled to participate in all the workouts, instead of skipping them as many of the high first-round picks typically do, there's an added element of intrigue this year. The NFL Network will be there for all the action, giving viewers an inside look at the process, as well as broadcasting 40-yard dashes, individual drills and more.
Here's all the information about the combine, including the broadcast information and schedule of events.
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium has the hosting duties again this year as players and scouts convene in Indianapolis.
Dates: The NFL Combine runs from Saturday, Feb. 26 to Tuesday, March 1. Ahead of the workouts themselves, players will be measured, interviewed and tested in the weight room. Additionally, players will take the Wonderlic test, meant to measure intelligence. Players are already arriving in Indianapolis, preparing for a rigorous week.
Schedule: The workouts begin on Saturday, running through Tuesday in Indianapolis. The groups hitting the field are as follows:
Saturday: Kickers, offensive lineman and tight ends
Sunday: Quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs
Monday: Linebackers and defensive linemen
Tuesday: Defensive backs
TV information: NFL Network will have over 30 hours of live programming, as well as plenty of analysis and wrap-ups of the proceedings. From Saturday through Tuesday, coverage begins at 6 a.m. PST, running until 7 p.m. On Wednesday, NFL Network will air cut-down versions of all the groups beginning at 8 a.m.
Players: The full list of players can be found here.
Who to watch: For local fans, check out Jake Locker and Mason Foster from Washington, as well as Zack Williams and Reid Forrest from Washington State. Blaine Gabbert, Cam Newton and Ryan Mallett highlight the quarterback prospects, and are worth keeping an eye on. Eastern Washington's Taiwan Jones is still nursing an injury, but was invited to the combine, as well. Mike Pouncey, Corey Liuget and others have also been tied to the Seattle Seahawks and their performance at the combine may be of interest.
For more on the workouts, stay tuned to our NFL Combine StoryStream throughout the week.