HomeMore Sports

Football

American Football101ArticlesBowl GamesCoachingCollege FootballDefensive AlignmentsDrillsEquipmentFlag FootballHistoryHow ToKick TypesLeaguesLingoNFL FootballFootball AFC EastFootball AFC NorthFootball AFC SouthFootball AFC WestFootball Accrued SeasonFootball All Star GameFootball All Star TeamFootball American Football ConferenceFootball Division WinnersFootball East West Shrine GameFootball Hall Of FameFootball NFC EastFootball NFC NorthFootball NFC SouthFootball NFC WestFootball NFLFootball NFL Bye WeekFootball NFL Championship GameFootball NFL Collective Bargaining AgreementFootball NFL Conference ChampionsFootball NFL ConferencesFootball NFL DivisionsFootball NFL DraftFootball NFL Draft PicksFootball NFL Franchise PlayerFootball NFL Franchise TeamFootball NFL MondayFootball NFL OffseasonFootball NFL Overtime RulesFootball NFL Playoff RulesFootball NFL PostseasonFootball NFL PreseasonFootball NFL Regular SeasonFootball NFL SundayFootball NFL Team RosterFootball NFL ThursdayFootball NFL WaiversFootball National Football ConferenceFootball Playoff SystemFootball Rooney NFL RuleFootball SalariesFootball Salary CapFootball Scouting CombineFootball Senior BowlFootball Super Bowl CommercialsFootball Super Bowl RulesFootball Vince LombardiFootball Wild CardFootball Wild Card TeamFootball Win Loss RecordWhat Is The Super Bowl In NFL Football?NFL TeamsOffensive FormationsOfficialsPass TypesPenaltiesPlayersPlaysPositionsQuestionsRulesScrimmage DownsSkillsStatisticsStrategyTeam StaffThe FieldTrophies
  1. Home
  2. American Football
  3. Football Scouting Combine

Football Scouting Combine


What is the Scouting Combine in Football?

The NFL combine, also referred to as the National Invitational Camp (NIC), is an annual event that allows collegiate prospects to display their athletic abilities for potential NFL teams. The very first of these events was held during the offseason of the 1982 season in Tampa, Florida. On top of assessing the physical talents of prospects, the combine was also designed to check out each player's medical information.

In its first year, the National Invitational Camp invited 163 of the best college athletes. In 1985, all 28 NFL teams came together came together as one official combine in an attempt to split the cost of medical exams. During the 1987 season the league decided to move the NIC to Indianapolis, Indiana, where it has been hosted ever since.

As knowledge began to spread on mental health, the NIC began to incorporate psychological tests into the combine as well. Coaches, executives, and scouts from all 32 NFL teams will attend the event to conduct interviews with prospects in an effort to find the perfect home for these young players.