There were several key takeaways and storylines from last week’s NFL Combine as the 2022 NFL Draft draws closer.
The NFL combine is one of the most pivotal events of the pre-draft process. From athletic testing to measurements and interviews, the combine covers all corners of the 2022 NFL Draft process. Combine performances can have serious ramifications on the draft, and we’ve seen dozens of players see their draft stocks rise or fall due to their combine results.
This year lacked no excitement as the combine was back and running after a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19 concerns in 2021. Given the uncertainty surrounding the quarterbacks and the 2022 NFL Draft class in general, there is an argument to be made that the 2022 combine will prove to be more consequential than most.
Though most athletes only choose to test in a select few events, the combine features, the 40-yard dash, bench press (225 lb reps), broad jump, vertical leap, 20-yard shuttle, 3-cone drill, 60-yard shuttle, as well as position-specific drills and tasks.
2022 NFL Draft: NFL Scouting Combine Takeaways
The week started off with quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends. The three had medical exams and interviews on Monday and Tuesday, and Wednesday before testing on Thursday. Offensive linemen and running backs followed with medical and interviews on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with Friday athletic tests. Defensive linemen and linebackers started their combine on Wednesday and conducted interviews through Friday with Saturday tests. Lastly, defensive backs registered on Thursday and tested on Sunday.
As usual, there was no shortage of eye-popping performances in Indianapolis. Here are five of the biggest storylines from the week.