(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) - The city of Indianapolis is getting ready for the annual invasion of draft hopefuls as the NFL scouting combine gets underway Wednesday.
The first of the 332 players invited to participate start arriving tomorrow as they are put through a battery of medical, psychological and physical tests under the gaze of the league's general managers, coaches, scouts and medical personnel. It is the only mass gathering of players before the draft, which will be held on April 25th and 26th.
This year's combine will be the first for Lucas Oil Stadium. The previous 22 had been held at the RCA Dome.
Eight players from state schools have been invited to the combine with Purdue sending four players - quarterback Curtis Painter, wide receiver Greg Orton, running back Kory Sheets and defensive end Alex Mcgee.
Ball State quarterback Nate Davis and offensive tackle Robert Brewster are also invited as are Indiana wide receiver Andrew Means and Notre Dame safety David Bruton.
The combine runs through February 24th and is closed to the public.
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