Minnesota will be one of the spots hosting an NFL Regional Combine next year.
The event will take place March 5 at the Minnesota Vikings’ Winter Park practice facility. It’s the fourth in a series of five regional combines. They start Feb. 13 in Houston and conclude March 12 in New Orleans.
The regional combines serve as a supplement to the NFL’s National Scouting Combine and provide an opportunity for current draft-eligible players to display their skills before NFL talent evaluators. The NFL’s national, week-long combine starts Feb. 23 in Indianapolis.
“Combines have long provided draft-eligible players with the forum needed to showcase their skills to NFL teams,” former Vikings center Matt Birk, now the NFL’s Director of Football Development, said. “I know how important participating in combines was for my NFL career. It is our job at the NFL to provide this opportunity to any college football player that wants to chase his dream of playing in the NFL.”
The regional combines are only open to players who played college football during the 2015 season. Players are tested and evaluated by experienced NFL scouting personnel, and measurements, combine results and videos are compiled and entered into a database available to all 32 NFL clubs.