INDIANAPOLIS — Technically, the NFL Scouting Combine began Tuesday, when offensive linemen, running backs and specialists arrived in Indy and began receiving medical examinations.
But Friday is when the football world truly turns its eyes to Lucas Oil Stadium.
The first of four days of on-field workouts begins Friday with that first group of athletes (NFL Network, 7 a.m.—2 p.m.). Friday is also when things get real for Wyoming football fans. Former Cowboys quarterback Josh Allen will meet with media Friday afternoon. The quarterbacks and wide receivers in attendance will also undergo psychological testing, meet with the NFL Players Association and do their 225-pound bench press workouts Friday, in addition to continuing team interviews.
That second group of athletes arrived in Indianapolis on Wednesday. On Thursday, Allen measured in at 6-foot-4 7/8, 237 pounds, with 33 1/4 inch arms, a wingspan of 73 3/8 inches and 10 1/8 inch hands.
Allen, who has been training with Southern California’s Sam Darnold in California, is expected to fully participate in the Combine’s activities, including the throwing drills, which Darnold will skip. Other on-field workouts include the 40-yard dash, the vertical jump, the broad jump, the three-cone drill and the shuttle run.
Allen joins 18 other quarterbacks participating at the Combine: Darnold, Arkansas’ Austin Allen, Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett, Virginia’s Kurt Benkert, LSU’s Danny Etling, Washington State’s Luke Falk, Memphis’ Riley Ferguson, South Florida’s Quinton Flowers, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta, Nebraska’s Tanner Lee, Marshall’s Chase Litton, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph, Texas Tech’s Nic Shimonek, Western Kentucky’s Mike White and Toledo’s Logan Woodside.
Ten Mountain West players are participating in the Combine.
Allen earned Most Outstanding Player honors for the North team at the Reese’s Senior Bowl in January. He will participate in Wyoming’s Pro Day on March 23 in preparation for the NFL Draft, which begins April 26 in Dallas. He has been projected as the first overall selection by ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr.
Also on Thursday, defensive linemen and linebackers made their arrivals, a group that includes Natrona County graduate Taven Bryan, a defensive linemen who played at Florida. Bryan is one of six Gators in attendance, including wide receiver Antonio Callaway, cornerback Duke Dawson, safety Marcell Harris, kicker Eddy Pineiro and punter Johnny Townsend.
The third group of athletes meets with media on Saturday and goes through on-field workouts on Sunday.
The final group, defensive backs, will go through the four-day schedule one day behind the defensive linemen and linebackers.
The Star-Tribune will be in attendance through the weekend to provide you updates on Allen and Bryan.