Ah, yes, it's that time of year. The NFL Combine is underway at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and that means the whole NFL community will overreact to players running around on a field unopposed, without pads and in basically little more than underwear. It's football's version of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Scouts, media and fans alike will analyze a single-digit, two-decimal place number like it's a famous piece of literature; and that number actually will be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The Combine is the banner event of the NFL Draft process. And for the first time since 2012, Northwestern will be represented on the field in Indianapolis. Safety Ibraheim Campbell, one of five Wildcat draft hopefuls, received an invite earlier this month, and will be the lone participant from NU.
Last month, Campbell also was invited to and participated in the Senior Bowl. Reports from practice in Mobile, Ala., the site of the showcase game, were mixed, but mostly positive.
Last week, the NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock ranked Campbell as the fifth-best safety in the draft class. Most draft projections have him somewhere in the middle rounds.
The combine will be important for Campbell. The Philadelphia native is a good athlete, but not a great one, and one of the knocks on him is his straight-line speed. A surprisingly good 40-time could improve his draft stock.
Campbell's combine schedule begins Friday. The defensive backs are the last position group to be scrutinized. Here's his itinerary:
Friday: Arrive in Indianapolis | Check-in, Registration | Hospital Pre-Exam and X-Rays | Orientation | Interviews with Teams
Saturday: Measurements (Height, Weight, Arm Length, Hand Size) | Medical Examinations | Media Availability | Interviews with Teams
Sunday: NFLPA Meeting | Psychological Testing | Special Teams Workout | Bench Press | Interviews with Teams
Monday: On-Field Workout (40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, 3-cone drill, short shuttle drill, 60-yard shuttle drill, position specific skill drills)
How to Watch
The NFL Network (and its mobile affiliates) have complete coverage of the entire combine. You can watch Campbell specifically on Monday during his on-field work out, but here's the complete Friday-Monday TV schedule (all times CT):
Friday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
TV: NFL Network
Throughout the four days, we'll be keeping you updated on Campbell. This story stream is the place for everything. We'll aggregate all tweets and reports about Campbell's performance, and we'll update you on his measurements, bench press reps, 40-yard dash time and everything else that NFL scouts will be evaluating.