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NFL Combine Returns To Indianapolis

Last updated on Thursday, February 21, 2013

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The football world has again descended upon Indianapolis for another NFL Combine.

Players, coaches, scouts and others will watch players work out, run drills and take tests to find out who to draft in April.

Workouts start on Saturday with Tight Ends, Offensive Linemen and Special Teams. Sunday will be Quarterbacks, Running Backs and Wide Receivers. Defensive Linemen and Linebackers will have their workouts on Monday and Defensive Backs round out the workouts on Tuesday.

The events include the 40-yard dash, the marquee event of the combine. Auburn's Bo Jackson recorded time of 4.12 in the 1986 Combine held in New Orleans is the fastest since records have been kept. The other events are the Bench press, Vertical jump, Broad jump, 3 Cone drill, and the Shuttle run.

Some of the players to watch this year include Defensive Tackle Sharrif Floyd of Florida, Guard Chance Warmack of Alabama, LSU Defensive End Barkevious Mingo and Quarterback Geno Smith of West Virginia.

The general public is not allowed inside Lucas Oil Stadium for the Combine, but the events are shown on NFL Network. The Combine has been held in Indianapolis since 1987.

Athletes To Undergo Wonderlic Test

As the NFL Combine begins in Indianapolis, players will be taking the Wonderlic test. It's a short-form IQ test and Charles Wonderlic, CEO of Wonderlic, Incorporated which publishes the test, says it gives standardized metrics which college degrees or grades don't give. He says it gives players the opportunity to demonstrate their individual level of problem solving skills.

Wonderlic says no other test comes close to the predictive power of the Wonderlic test. He says it can predict how far one can go educationally and how quickly one learns and how well they can see contingencies and adapt to new situations.

The NFL will conduct the test in conjunction with others this year.

While many have criticized the purpose of the test, Wonderlic says the question shouldn't be about the test itself, but whether IQ is relevant to performance on the football field.

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