As usual, SB Nation covered a major NFL event with boots on the ground, in this case, the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. The combine just wrapped up, running from February 22 - 28 at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Colts. We sent four writers to cover the annual festivities where the major prospects for the NFL draft were poked and prodded through a series of events.
Players were weighed and measured, they were interviewed by personnel from the NFL teams, and participated in the bench press. After that, they were put through their paces in a series of on-the-field drills like the 40-yard dash, the broad jump and the short-shuttle drill. All of this was done in an effort to to get the latest, up-to-date data on each player so that teams can refine their scouting reports prior to April's big event - the NFL Draft.
For some samples of the coverage by SB Nation from the combine, we present the following links.
In another article by Kevin, he briefly interviewed a couple of players, quarterbacks Nick Foles and Ryan Lindley.
At the combine, you get a wealth of people connected to the NFL holding court and espousing on the various issues surrounding the league. In this case, Stew Blake was particularly interested in what ex-coach and current TV commentator Brian Billick had to say. Billick is always outspoken leading to some interesting quotes.
Dan Kadar took a look at how the players handled speaking to the media and notes that the likely number two pick in the draft, Robert Griffin III, was as good at the microphone as he is on the field.
And finally, there are always winners and losers after every combine event. Dan takes the time to highlight players who did not perform well at the combine and may have hurt their draft prospects.