The NFL Scouting Combine serves many purposes. On the surface level for casual viewers, the drills are what we remember most. We love watching how fast a player runs, how high or far they jump, and allow ourselves to envision what could be with a player’s athletic profile.
But, outside of those drills, the Combine does serves other purposes, especially on the team side that we don’t always get to hear about. The medical examination is one of those areas. Teams need to get consistent medical checks that are independent of a player to see what really may be wrong or lingering from injuries a prospect may have had in college. Those are an important part of the process.
Another key part of the process is when these teams get to divide up their schedule and perform formal and informal interviews, as they see fit. These interviews can be based on anything. Sometimes teams want to get to know a player’s backstory better. Sometimes it’s about looking into their personality. Other times it can be putting them on the white board and testing their football knowledge. There are a number of different reasons for why a team may bring a player in for a formal or informal meeting, but whatever the exact purpose is, one thing is clear and that is that these meetings mean there’s some interest involved.
PewterReport.com spent the day on Saturday learning which players the Bucs have been targeting in their position of most need: pass rush. On the next page, we’ll give you the inside scoop we gathered.
Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org