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2024 NFL Combine Set To Begin

NFL Draft 2024 booth at Super Bowl LVIII
A general view of the NFL Draft 2024 booth at Super Bowl LVIII Radio Row at Mandalay Bay on February 6, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Image by Perry Knotts/Getty Images

NFL Draft season is upon us as many of the highly-touted prospects from the 2024 draft class head to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the league’s annual scouting combine this week.

The event showcases college football stars as they work out in front of scouts and interview with team executives across the league in hopes of increasing their draft stock over the course of the week.

Here is what you should know ahead of the festivities:

Big Names Opting Out

Several top prospects — including USC quarterback Caleb Williams, Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., and LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels — have decided not to take part in the on-field portion of the week-long event and will only be in Indianapolis for interviews and to meet with teams.

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Overreactions

Every year, someone comes out of an excellent Combine performance with their draft stock skyrocketing. Sometimes it works out, but sometimes overreactions to a Combine performance can skew the perception of the player. The same is true of players who don’t have great workouts and see their stock plummet. While the Combine can serve as a good barometer for overall strength and athleticism, it’s important to remember it’s still just a workout. The players will not be in a game setting or wearing any pads, and teams will continue to do their homework on all the prospects through April’s draft.

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Dallas Cowboys

According to ESPN, head coach Mike McCarthy and new defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer will not be in Indianapolis this week as they adjust their defensive scheme, opting instead to interview prospects virtually. McCarthy followed a similar protocol last year as he went through the same process on the offensive side of the ball. Dallas has the 24th overall selection in April.

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Local Prospects

As relayed by The Dallas Express earlier this month, 31 of the 321 prospects invited to the Combine come from Texas-based universities, including DFW natives Ryan Watts, JT Sanders, and Tyler Owens.

Schedule

Players begin arriving on Monday when they will register and meet with teams. The first few days are filled with meetings, media opportunities, and procedural fulfillments. Workouts begin on Thursday, and the defensive linemen and linebackers will be the first groups to take the field.

Here is a complete breakdown:

Tuesday, February 27

Media availability (9 a.m. CT): Coaches and GMs

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Wednesday, February 28

Media availability (7 a.m. CT): Defensive Linemen and Linebackers

Media availability (12 p.m. CT): Coaches and GMs

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Thursday, February 29

Media availability (7 a.m. CT): Defensive Backs and Tight Ends

On-field workouts (2 p.m. CT): Defensive Linemen and Linebackers

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Friday, March 1

Media availability (7 a.m. CT): Quarterbacks, Running Backs, and Wide Receivers

On-field workouts (2 p.m. CT): Defensive Backs and Tight Ends

Bench press: Defensive Linemen and Linebackers

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Saturday, March 2

Media availability (7 a.m. CT): Offensive Linemen & Specialists

On-field workouts (12 p.m. CT): Quarterbacks, Running Backs, and Wide Receivers

Bench press: Defensive Backs and Tight Ends

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Sunday, March 3

On-field workouts (12 p.m. CT): Offensive Linemen & Specialists

Bench press: Quarterbacks, Running Backs, and Wide Receivers

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Monday, March 4

Bench press: Offensive Linemen & Specialists

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