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NFL Combine 2024: Participants, dates, event info, drills and everything you need to know

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The NFL Combine 2024 provides the football world with an opportunity to examine the future of the sport. Fans, scouts and coaches will see the next wave of Hall of Famers, All-Pro selections, Super Bowl winners and eventual draft busts all trying to prove themselves.

This is a life-changing opportunity for many of the top prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft. A strong showing at the scouting combine can elevate someone’s draft stock by multiple rounds, the difference between millions of dollars and fighting for a roster spot.

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While some of the top prospects might skip specific drills and even some head coaches will bypass the NFL Combine, this is one of the most important events on the offseason calendar.

Keeping that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine.

What is the NFL Combine?

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The NFL Combine is a four-day event where some of the top prospects in the upcoming draft class are allowed to showcase their skills in front of all 32 NFL teams. As perfectly described by the league itself, this is an invite-only event that offers young football players with a shot to prove themselves on the biggest stage.

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“The National Invitational Camp (NIC) is the Super Bowl of the player development process. Also known as the NFL Scouting Combine, this four-day, invitation-only event allows NFL scouts to evaluate that year’s top draft-eligible college players on a variety of medical, mental and physical criteria. Only 300 or so players attend each year.”

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Players will experience a wide variety of things at the NFL Combine. They have sit-down interviews with coaches and general managers to discuss their personal background, schemes, and transitioning to the NFL and can address any off-field or character concerns. Prospects also go through exhaustive medical testing, with their physical, medical and mental health reviewed.

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On top of that, they put their physical skills on display and get to meet with NFL reporters for the first time. The four-day event is essentially a gauntlet of activities that keep them busy and have a profound impact on each player’s future.

How much does it cost to go to the Combine?

The NFL Combine is completely free to attend for NFL fans. In order to get into the NFL Combine 2024, fans must register at NFL OnePass and show their QR code to enter. No tickets are required but NFL OnePass is mandatory to attend or participate in the Combine Experience.

When is the NFL Scouting Combine 2024?

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The NFL Combine is from Thursday, February 29th to Sunday, March 3 and it is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. While the league has made numerous changes to the NFL Scouting Combine every year, it has been held in Indianapolis since 1987.

  • Where is the 2024 NFL Combine? Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana

Fans are welcome to buy tickets to the NFL Scouting Combine. While spectators are welcome, they will be kept separate from the NFL teams and draft prospects who are working out inside Lucas Oil Stadium. Meetings with team officials are held in hotels located in downtown Indianapolis.

2024 NFL Combine participants – How many players go to NFL Scouting Combine?

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A total of 321 prospects were invited to the 2024 NFL Combine. While some prospects will decline the invitations, there will be approximately 300 draft-eligible players staying in Indianapolis for the event.

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Here is the full list of NFL Combine 2024 participants via NFL.com, headlined by USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams and reigning Heisman Trophy winner LSU Tigers quarterback Jayden Daniels.

  • Quarterbacks
    • Caleb Williams, USC
    • Drake Maye, North Carolina
    • Jayden Daniels, LSU
    • J.J. McCarthy, Michigan
    • Joe Milton III, Tennessee
    • Bo Nix, Oregon
    • Michael Penix Jr., Washington
    • Michael Pratt, Tulane
    • Spencer Rattler, South Carolina
    • Austin Reed, Western Kentucky
    • Kedon Slovis, BYU
    • Jordan Travis, Florida State
    • Sam Hartman, Notre Dame
    • Devin Leary, Kentucky
  • Tight End
    • Brock Bowers, Georgia
    • Ja’Tavion Sanders, Texas
    • Erick All, Iowa
    • AJ Barner, Michigan
    • Jaheim Bell, Florida State
    • Devin Culp, Washington
    • Dallin Holker, Colorado State
    • Theo Johnson, Penn State
    • Trey Knox, South Carolina
    • Tanner McLachlan, Arizona
    • Tip Reiman, Illinois
    • Ben Sinnott, Kansas State
    • Brevyn Spann-Ford, Minnesota
    • Cade Stover, Ohio State
    • Jack Westover, Washington
    • Jared Wiley, TCU
  • Wide Receivers
    • Marvin Harrison Jr, Ohio State
    • Malik Nabers, LSU
    • Rome Odunze, Washington
    • Javon Baker, UCF
    • Jermaine Burton, Alabama
    • Jalen Coker, Holy Cross
    • Keon Coleman, Florida State
    • Malachi Corley, Western Kentucky
    • Jacob Cowing, Arizona
    • Ryan Flournoy, SE Missouri State
    • Troy Franklin, Oregon
    • Anthony Gould, Oregon State
    • Lideatrick Griffin, Mississippi State
    • Jha’Quan Jackson, Tulane
    • Cornelius Johnson, Michigan
    • Xavier Legette, South Carolina
    • Luke McCaffrey, Rice
    • Ladd McConkey, Georgia
    • Jalen McMillan, Washington
    • Bub Means, Pittsburgh
    • Adonai Mitchell, Texas
    • Ricky Pearsall, Florida
    • Ja’Lynn Polk, Washington
    • Brenden Rice, USC
    • Tayvion Robinson, Kentucky
    • Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint, Georgia
    • Ainias Smith, Texas A&M
    • Brian Thomas Jr., LSU
    • Jamari Thrash, Louisville
    • Devaughn Vele, Utah
    • Devontez Walker, North Carolina
    • Malik Washington, Virginia
    • Tahj Washington, USC
    • Xavier Weaver, Colorado
    • Jordan Whittington, Texas
    • Isaiah Williams, Illinois
    • Johnny Wilson, Florida State
    • Roman Wilson, Michigan
    • Xavier Worthy, Texas
  • Running Back
    • Rasheen Ali, Marshall
    • Braelon Allen, Wisconsin
    • Emani Bailey, TCU
    • Trey Benson, Florida State
    • Jonathon Brooks, Texas
    • Blake Corum, Michigan
    • Isaiah Davis, South Dakota State
    • Ray Davis, Kentucky
    • Daijun Edwards, Georgia
    • Audric Estimé, Notre Dame
    • Frank Gore Jr., Southern Mississippi
    • Isaac Guerendo, Louisville
    • George Holani, Boise State
    • Bucky Irving, Oregon
    • Dillon Johnson, Washington
    • Jawhar Jordan, Louisville
    • Dylan Laube, New Hampshire
    • MarShawn Lloyd, USC
    • Jase McClellan, Alabama
    • Kendall Milton, Georgia
    • Keilan Robinson, Texas
    • Cody Schrader, Missouri
    • Will Shipley, Clemson
    • Jaden Shirden, Monmouth
    • Tyrone Tracy Jr., Purdue
    • Kimani Vidal, Troy
    • Michael Wiley, Arizona
    • Miyan Williams, Ohio State
    • Jaylen Wright, Tennessee
  • Offensive Linemen
    • Isaiah Adams, Illinois
    • Joe Alt, Notre Dame
    • Kiran Amegadjie, Yale
    • Gottlieb Ayedze, Maryland
    • Karsen Barnhart, Michigan
    • Graham Barton, Duke
    • Cooper Beebe, Kansas State
    • Keaton Bills, Utah
    • Tanor Bortolini, Wisconsin
    • Javion Cohen, Miami
    • Andrew Coker, TCU
    • Brandon Coleman, TCU
    • Frank Crum, Wyoming
    • Anim Dankwah, Howard
    • Ethan Driskell, Marshall
    • Kingsley Eguakun, Florida
    • Josiah Ezirim, Eastern Kentucky
    • Olumuyiwa Fashanu, Penn State
    • Troy Fautanu, Washington
    • Blake Fisher, Notre Dame
    • Jeremy Flax, Kentucky
    • Javon Foster, Missouri
    • Zach Frazier, West Virginia
    • Taliese Fuaga, Oregon State
    • X’Zauvea Gadlin, Liberty
    • Nick Gargiulo, South Carolina
    • Delmar Glaze, Maryland
    • Matt Goncalves, Pittsburgh
    • Tylan Grable, UCF
    • Garret Greenfield, South Dakota State
    • Tyler Guyton, Oklahoma
    • C.J. Hanson, Holy Cross
    • Christian Haynes, Connecticut
    • LaDarius Henderson, Michigan
    • Christian Jones, Texas
    • Matthew Jones, Ohio State
    • Trente Jones, Michigan
    • Trevor Keegan, Michigan
    • Jarrett Kingston, USC
    • Brady Latham, Arkansas
    • JC Latham, Alabama
    • Sataoa Laumea, Utah
    • Matt Lee, Miami
    • KT Leveston Jr., Kansas State
    • Beaux Limmer, Arkansas
    • Christian Mahogany, Boston College
    • Mason McCormick, South Dakota State
    • Dylan McMahon, N.C. State
    • Amarius Mims, Georgia
    • Jacob Monk, Duke
    • Jordan Morgan, Arizona
    • Hunter Nourzad, Penn State
    • Drake Nugent, Michigan
    • Patrick Paul, Houston
    • Julian Pearl, Illinois
    • Prince Pines, Tulane
    • Jackson Powers-Johnson, Oregon
    • Dominick Puni, Kansas
    • Andrew Raym, Oklahoma
    • Layden Robinson, Texas A&M
    • Roger Rosengarten, Washington
    • Walter Rouse, Oklahoma
    • Nick Samac, Michigan State
    • Kingsley Suamataia, BYU
    • Jalen Sundell, North Dakota State
    • Nathan Thomas, Louisiana
    • Charles Turner III, LSU
    • Sedrick Van Pran-Granger, Georgia
    • Caedan Wallace, Penn State
    • Zak Zinter, Michigan

NFL Combine 2024 Participants (Defense & Special Teams)

  • Defensive Lineman
    • Austin Booker, Kansas
    • Solomon Byrd, USC
    • DeWayne Carter, Duke
    • Nelson Ceaser, Houston
    • Myles Cole, Texas Tech
    • Jaden Crumedy, Mississippi State
    • Tyler Davis, Clemson
    • Brandon Dorlus, Oregon
    • Justin Eboigbe, Alabama
    • Jonah Elliss, Utah
    • Braden Fiske, Florida State
    • Gabe Hall, Baylor
    • Michael Hall Jr., Ohio State
    • Jaylen Harrell, Michigan
    • Marcus Harris, Auburn
    • Jalyx Hunt, Houston Christian
    • Adisa Isaac, Penn State
    • Brennan Jackson, Washington State
    • McKinnley Jackson, Texas A&M
    • Javontae Jean-Baptiste, Notre Dame
    • Trajan Jeffcoat, Arkansas
    • Jordan Jefferson, LSU
    • Kris Jenkins, Michigan
    • Cedric Johnson, Mississippi
    • Mohamed Kamara, Colorado State
    • Marshawn Kneeland, Western Michigan
    • Laiatu Latu, UCLA
    • Logan Lee, Iowa
    • Zion Logue, Georgia
    • Fabien Lovett Sr., Florida State
    • Braiden McGregor, Michigan
    • Byron Murphy II, Texas
    • Myles Murphy, North Carolina
    • Jer’Zhan Newton, Illinois
    • Eyabi Okie-Anoma, Charlotte
    • Ruke Orhorhoro, Clemson
    • Keith Randolph Jr., Illinois
    • Chop Robinson, Penn State
    • Darius Robinson, Missouri
    • Justin Rogers, Auburn
    • Maason Smith, LSU
    • Javon Solomon, Troy
    • T’Vondre Sweat, Texas
    • Leonard Taylor III, Miami
    • Xavier Thomas, Clemson
    • Bralen Trice, Washington
    • David Ugwoegbu, Houston
    • Jared Verse, Florida State
    • Eric Watts, Connecticut
    • Mekhi Wingo, LSU
  • Specialists
    • Joshua Karty, K, Stanford
    • Cam Little, K, Arkansas
    • Harrison Mevis, K, Missouri
    • Ryan Rehkow, P, BYU
    • Will Reichard, K, Alabama
    • Tory Taylor, P, Iowa
  • Linebackers
    • Michael Barrett, Michigan
    • JD Bertrand, Notre Dame
    • Tatum Bethune, Florida State
    • Chris Braswell, Alabama
    • Aaron Casey, Indiana
    • Steele Chambers, Ohio State
    • Junior Colson, Michigan
    • Edgerrin Cooper, Texas A&M
    • Kalen DeLoach, Florida State
    • Khalid Duke, Kansas State
    • Tommy Eichenberg, Ohio State
    • Jaylan Ford, Texas
    • Easton Gibbs, Wyoming
    • Cedric Gray, North Carolina
    • Ty’Ron Hopper, Missouri
    • Jontrey Hunter, Georgia State
    • Curtis Jacobs, Penn State
    • Tyrice Knight, UTEP
    • Marist Liufau, Notre Dame
    • Jordan Magee, Temple
    • Darius Muasau, UCLA
    • Gabriel Murphy, UCLA
    • Maema Njongmeta, Wisconsin
    • Jeremiah Trotter Jr., Clemson
    • Zion Tupuola-Fetui, Washington
    • Dallas Turner, Alabama
    • Edefuan Ulofoshio, Washington
    • Trevin Wallace, Kentucky
    • Nathaniel Watson, Mississippi State
    • Payton Wilson, N.C. State
  • Defensive Backs
    • Kris Abrams-Draine, Missouri
    • Daijahn Anthony, Mississippi
    • Terrion Arnold, Alabama
    • Cole Bishop, Utah
    • Beau Brade, Maryland
    • Millard Bradford, TCU
    • Jarvis Brownlee Jr., Louisville
    • Javon Bullard, Georgia
    • Calen Bullock, USC
    • Jaylon Carlies, Missouri
    • Caelen Carson, Wake Forest
    • Ryan Cooper Jr., Oregon State
    • Cooper DeJean, Iowa
    • M.J. Devonshire, Pittsburgh
    • Marcellas Dial, South Carolina
    • Johnny Dixon, Penn State
    • Willie Drew, Virginia State
    • Renardo Green, Florida State
    • Kamal Hadden, Tennessee
    • Dominique Hampton, Washington
    • Myles Harden, South Dakota
    • Daequan Hardy, Penn State
    • Cam Hart, Notre Dame
    • Jaden Hicks, Washington State
    • Khyree Jackson, Oregon
    • DJ James, Auburn
    • Carlton Johnson, Fresno State
    • Isaiah Johnson, Syracuse
    • Elijah Jones, Boston College
    • Jarrian Jones, Florida State
    • Jaylen Key, Alabama
    • Kamren Kinchens, Miami
    • Kalen King, Penn State
    • Kamari Lassiter, Georgia
    • Dwight McGlothern, Arkansas
    • Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama
    • Patrick McMorris, Cal
    • Max Melton, Rutgers
    • Quinyon Mitchell, Toledo
    • Malik Mustapha, Wake Forest
    • Josh Newton, TCU
    • Tyler Nubin, Minnesota
    • Kitan Oladapo, Oregon State
    • Tyler Owens, Texas Tech
    • Andru Phillips, Kentucky
    • Deantre Prince, Mississippi
    • Nehemiah Pritchett, Auburn
    • Josh Proctor, Ohio State
    • Ennis Rakestraw Jr., Missouri
    • Decamerion Richardson, Miss. State
    • Demani Richardson, Texas A&M
    • Christian Roland-Wallace, USC
    • Mike Sainristil, Michigan
    • Andre’ Sam, LSU
    • Jaylin Simpson, Auburn
    • Tykee Smith, Georgia
    • Chau Smith-Wade, Washington State
    • Tarheeb Still, Maryland
    • T.J. Tampa, Iowa State
    • Dadrion Taylor-Demerson, Texas Tech
    • Ro Torrence, Arizona State
    • Sione Vaki, Utah
    • Josh Wallace, Michigan
    • Ryan Watts, Texas
    • Nate Wiggins, Clemson
    • Evan Williams, Oregon
    • James Williams, Miami

2024 NFL Combine participation tracker: Who is skipping the combine?

For many of the top draft prospects, there is nothing to be gained from participating in the NFL Scouting Combine. As a result, they show up to Indianapolis to simply go through medicals and meet with teams.

Here are the prospects who won’t be full participants at the 2024 NFL Combine. Currently, only one prospect has officially announced he won’t participate in drills at the NFL Combine 2024. We’ll provide updates as draft prospects announce their decisions.

  • Cooper DeJean, DB, Iowa – Not participating in athletic testing (leg injury)
  • Caleb Williams, QB, USC – Williams, the projected No. 1 overall pick, will not throw or work out
  • Johnny Newton, DT, Illinois – Sitting out due to ongoing recovery from a fractured foot
  • Marvin Harrison Jr, WR, Ohio State – Rated as the consensus No. 1 receiver in the draft, Marvin Harrison Jr. will only meet with teams at the NFL Combine. He isn’t participating in any drills.
  • Malik Nabers, WR, LSU – Malik Nabers, the No.2-rated receiver in the 2024 NFL Draft class, is not participating in drills at the combine.

Who is throwing at the NFL Combine 2024?

USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams and LSU Tigers quarterback Jayden Daniels aren’t throwing at the NFL Combine. Here are the quarterbacks poised to throw in Indianapolis.

  • Drake Maye, North Carolina
  • J.J. McCarthy, Michigan
  • Joe Milton III, Tennessee
  • Bo Nix, Oregon
  • Michael Penix Jr., Washington
  • Michael Pratt, Tulane
  • Spencer Rattler, South Carolina
  • Austin Reed, Western Kentucky
  • Kedon Slovis, BYU
  • Jordan Travis, Florida State
  • Sam Hartman, Notre Dame
  • Devin Leary, Kentucky

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2024 NFL Combine schedule – Day-by-day guide

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Here is a breakdown for the entire NFL Scouting Combine schedule, with a day-by-day guide for which position groups will practice at what days and times.

  • Thursday, February 29
    • Positions: Defensive Lineman and Linebackers
    • Time: Drills start at 3 PM ET
    • TV: ESPN, NFL Network
  • Friday, March 1
    • Positions: Cornerbacks and Safeties
    • Time: Drills start at 3 PM ET
    • TV: ESPN, NFL Network
  • Saturday, March 2
    • Positions: Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers and Tight Ends
    • Time: Drills start at 1 PM ET
    • TV: ESPN, NFL Network
  • Sunday, March 3
    • Positions: Running Backs and Offensive Linemen
    • Time: Drills start at 1 PM ET
    • TV: ESPN, NFL Network

You can watch the NFL Combine 2024 on ESPN or NFL Network. It is also available to stream on NFL+ or streamed through the NFL app or NFL.com/watch.

What are the drills at the NFL Scouting Combine?

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The 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, 3-cone drill and broad jump are among the most important drills at the NFL Combine for teams. Of course, each drill holds a varied significance to each position.

40-yard dash

Using both electronic and hand times, NFL teams have players run 40 yards to determine their speed. While a 40-yard time isn’t necessarily important for linemen, the 10-yard split shows how explosive they are. For skill players, the 40-yard dash shows their long speed and max speed.

Bench Press

The bench press at the NFL Combine measures how much upper-body strength a draft prospect has. The bench press requires each participant to lift a 225-pound barbell as many times as possible. While the drill is losing its importance to evaluators, it remains popular for fans watching on television.

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Vertical Jump

The vertical jump is one way NFL teams measure an athlete’s explosiveness. Standing flat-footed, each participant must jump as high as they can and touch as many of the elevated flags as possible. A stick is then brought in to measure how many inches the athlete jumped, with the number helping show how much initial explosiveness a player offers.

Broad Jump

Similar to the vertical jump, the broad jump tests an athlete’s explosiveness and lower-body strength with an emphasis on the hips and ankles. Standing flat-footed, the athletes jump forward as far as they can and they must land balanced on two feet and hold it for the measurement to count. It’s a valuable drill for running backs, wide receivers and pass rushers.

3-Cone Drill

The 3-cone drill at the NFL Combine measures an athlete’s change-of-direction ability and hip fluidity. It’s important for positions like cornerback, wide receiver and running backs. You can watch an example of it below.

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