The 2024 NFL Scouting Combine prospects have LA Rams fans excited. Here's why:

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Schedule of events: When should you tune in for what

Okay, so now that you have the persons to follow, and the sites to monitor, when does the real action begin? You are likely referring to the on-field workouts, the dates for the sprints, jumps, pivots, catches, and a host of other measurables that fans delight over, but many NFL scouts and personnel executives simply keep in the corner of their eyes.

Despite the proliferation of data generation and data analytics, the tried and true method of truly becoming comfortable with the chances of a college football player to succeed in the NFL is to assess how well they play the game of football. But if all things are equal, then the matter of drills and measured performances can serve to break the ties among closely competitive players.

And for the NFL fans who do not watch hours upon hours of film and videos, it's a great way to establish your own personal front runners for the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft.

When fans think of the NFL Scouting Combine, what many are thinking about is the live drills coverage that will begin this year on Thursday, February 29th, with exclusive live coverage on the NFL Network starting at Noon PT. The full lineup of scheduled NFL Network live coverage, dates, times and positional groups can be found below:

  • Thursday, February 29th, 12:00 pm PT – Defensive Linemen, Linebackers
  • Friday, March 1st, 12:00 pm PT – Defensive Backs, Tight Ends
  • Saturday, March 2nd, 10:00 am PT – Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, Running Backs
  • Sunday, March 3rd, 10:00 am PT – Offensive Linemen, Special teams

Keep in mind that this is merely the aggregate event of 321 college athletes. Many more will participate later during their college or regional Pro Days, events that are more inclusive of all athletes from that school or region who hope to hear their name called out in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft.

On average, approximately 20 to 30 players are selected in the annual NFL Draft who did not participate in the NFL Scouting Combine. If you expand that to include undrafted players, the number grows to over 100+ players. So the annual NFL Scouting Combine is simply the first step of many to fully vet and evaluate the health, well-being, and athleticism of colleg football players.