What questions face local National Football League prospects at the combine? Here's a look

What questions face local National Football League prospects at the combine? Here's a look

But such a diminution in status can cost the player money and decrease his odds of making a team (at cut-down time, other things being about equal, teams will prefer high draft picks to low ones, and low picks to the undrafted).

As of now, the Seahawks have seven picks in this year's draft, and will make their first selection in the first round at 26 overall.

The Jets have had the No. 6 pick five times in their history and twice in the past decade.

When selecting that late, it's hard to target a specific position.

The "NFL Draft Experience" will feature a 100-yard zipline, player autograph sessions, mock combine drills like a 40-yard dash, and some sort of virtual reality experiences. Scouts have also questioned his overall athleticism so showing he's healthy and can test well will be vital to move Mathis above the day three projections he now carries.

McKenzie made it clear last month the Raiders defense must improve at every level.

Among the Broncos top priorities this off-season is revamping their offensive line, a group that lagged for much of the past two seasons amid injuries and a rotating cast of players. "Loved his production, but they need more out of Dante Fowler".

There are options possibly available at No. 24 who could help the Raiders in those areas.

Mayock is very impressed with the top two safeties in the draft, Jamal Adams and Malik Hooker, who are both considered top 10 talents.

McKenzie said he's put on some pounds - now at 176 - since his final game at Georgia when he had four catches for 103 yards.

In the lead-up to the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock took part in his yearly conference call and fielded a variety of questions about the prospects getting set to perform in Indianapolis. "Inside or outside, I think he's a special player", Mayock said. But while his 40 time could draw headlines, more important to the National Football League may be the physical testing as teams assess the status of his knee - he missed the 2015 season due to an ACL tear - as well as a shoulder that will require surgery after the combine. McKenzie prefers to use the market as a tool, and let it decide whether a player meets his valuation. In total, just 19 alums from the conference are set to showcase their skills for National Football League scouts at Lucas Oil Stadium this week (Feb. 28-March 6), and some of the more interesting prospects like ex-Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon will watching at home.

Few players dominated the second half of the college football season quite like Westbrook did, using his big-play potential to run all the way to NY as a Heisman Trophy finalist. Murray was taken in the sixth round. "This defensive draft at edge and corner is outstanding. In a typical year, 10 tackles go in the first three rounds, and I can't find 10 guys that I would give grades to their rounds one through three". But with so many teams interested in upgrading that position, the top prospects won't be available for long. The tangible data collected at the combine is valuable, but is just one piece of a larger evaluation process.

Most of the NFL's decision makers are on their way to IN, too, for Wednesday's start of the league's annual scouting combine IN advance of April's draft.