The NFL invited approximately 300 prospects to the 2013 Scouting Combine in February, and those young men will make up the vast majority of the 254 players who are drafted this coming April. However, for some NFL hopefuls, the path to the pros won’t go through Indianapolis.
For the second straight year, the NFL is conducting a series of Regional Combines across the country, allowing some potentially overlooked prospects an opportunity to put their skills on display. And, for the second straight year, one of those Regional events will be held on the fields behind One Buccaneer Place, the Buccaneers’ headquarters.
The Tampa Regional Combine will be held this Saturday, March 9. It falls smack dab in the middle of 13 workout dates for position players, plus an additional eight for kickers and punters at overlapping sites. The series of Combines began in Hawaii on January 25 and have since taken place in Los Angeles, Houston, Cleveland and New York/New Jersey. Subsequent Regional events will be held in Chicago, Atlanta, Baltimore and Seattle. More information can be found here, although registration is now closed for all events except the Sunday, March 24 specialists combine in Seattle.
Selected participants in the Regional Combines will be invited to take part in a “Super Regional Combine” on April 7-8 at Cowboys Stadium. That event will be covered by the NFL Network. Last year, approximately one-quarter of the players who took part in the Super Regional Combine eventually earned NFL contracts. While the Regional Combines may not draw a heavy number of NFL team scouts, all 32 teams were represented at last year’s Super Regional.