LSU Tigers fans that are NFL Draft junkies must shift their focus to the NFL Combine. Here’s all the information you need as the pre-draft processes heat up.
Who will appear at the NFL Scouting Combine?
319 draft prospects were invited to the 2023 NFL Combine. Of the 319, nine members of the 2022 LSU Tigers received invites. LSU’s invitees include Ali Gaye, Anthony Bradford, BJ Ojulari, Jaquelin Roy, Jaray Jenkins, Kashon Boutte, Mekhi Gardner, Micah Baskerville, and Jay Ward. Each will participate in individual drills and interviews that will affect how teams view them ahead of April’s draft.
It will be interesting to see how much opinions of LSU’s draft class improves during and after the NFL Combine. Players like Ojulari attempt to climb into the first round and secure a bigger payday. Conversely, players like Boutte seek to overcome poor statistical final collegiate seasons by flashing athletic ability and big play potential.
When is the NFL Scouting Combine?
The NFL Combine begins February 27 with a few days of player-participant orientations and physicals. LSU Tigers fans can tune into event coverage from Thursday, March 2, to Monday, March 6. A breakdown of the NFL Combine’s events is as follows:
"Thursday, March 2nd – Defensive lineman and linebackersFriday, March 3rd – Defensive backsSaturday, March 4th – Quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight endsSunday, March 5th – Running backs, offensive linemen"
Where is the NFL Scouting Combine?
The NFL Combine remains indoors at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Indianapolis has hosted the event every offseason since 1987 except for 2021 when the pandemic forced the combine’s cancellation. Other NFL cities have chomped at the bit to host the NFL Combine. However, a current deal ensures the rookie display will remain in Indianapolis thru the 2024 offseason.
Reports indicate the NFL is exceptionally content with how the combine is conducted in the Colts’ backyard. But, one can’t help but wonder if the league will soon sacrifice comfort and continuity for big-money bidding.
How to watch the NFL Scouting Combine
The NFL Combine will air exclusively on the NFL Network to include live coverage and commentary. Fans without the NFL Network can watch the NFL Combine through the league’s premium streaming service, NFL+. However, one might simply prefer watching highlights and scrolling through NFL.com or the NFL’s mobile app.