Defensive linemen gather before the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday, March 2, 2023. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

NFL Combine Workouts Kick Off

The 2023 NFL Scouting Combine kicks off Thursday from Lucas Oil Stadium as some of the nation’s top collegiate athletes take one step closer to their NFL dreams.

Defensive linemen and linebackers will be the first group to workout with defensive backs and special teamers set to workout tomorrow.

Gators at the NFL Combine

Nine former Gators received combine invites back in early February, but only eight are set to participate. Linebacker Ventrell Miller will sit out the workouts as he recovers from surgery.

Still, eight other Gators will grace the field and take part in a variety of different workouts and drills.

Gervon Dexter and Brenton Cox Jr. will kick things off on Thursday. Trey Dean III and Rashad Torrence II will workout Friday followed by quarterbacks, wideouts and tight ends on Saturday. Anthony Richardson and Justin Shorter will be the only Gators taking part in Saturday’s session. The event wraps up Sunday with offensive linemen and running backs, which will feature Richard Gouraige and O’Cyrus Torrence.

Eyes on Georgia’s Carter

Many eyes will be on Georgia’s star Jalen Carter, but not just because he could be the No. 1 overall pick.

News broke Wednesday that an arrest warrant had been issued for Carter stemming from the Jan. 15 crash that killed teammate Devin Willock and staff member Chandler LeCroy. In addition to the warrant, it was also stated that Carter was present at the crash. He was charged with reckless driving and racing on highways/streets.

Attention will be on Carter no matter what, but his hopes are that it can stay focused on football. Mel Kiper listed Carter as the No. 1 prospect in the draft. He will not be participating in workouts but will still be present to speak with teams and conduct a physical.

What to Expect at the NFL Combine

All of the NFL Combine participants will take part in a variety of workouts and drills to measure their athleticism and to put their skills on display.

The notable drills that take place include the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical and broad jump, three-cone drill, and the 20 and 60-yard shuttles.

On top of those drills, the participants will also have on-field workouts, which will allow players like Anthony Richardson to show off their arm strength.

Richardson has gained a lot of hype over the last couple weeks, and even garnered a spot at the No. 1 overall pick in a CBS mock draft. During his time in Gainesville, many thought Richardson’s accuracy was at times a problem. He’ll have a spotlight on him during the throwing session with a chance to prove a lot of people wrong.

NFL Network will provide coverage all week, with the following schedule set:

March 2 (3 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET): DL, LB
March 3 (3 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET): DB, PK/ST
March 4 (1 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET): QB, WR, TE
March 5 (1 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET): OL, RB

2023 NFL Draft

The NFL Combine leads up to the NFL Draft, which kicks off April 27 from Kansas City.

While the name that Commissioner Roger Goodell will announce first is still unknown, 324 players will have the opportunity to increase their stock ahead of the April draft this week in the combine.

About Matt Quartararo

Matt is a fourth-year journalism major specializing in sports media and is also completing a sports management certificate. Starting in the Fall 2023 semester, Matt has served as a sports coordinator with WRUF. He also participates in sports broadcasting, providing play-by-play for a variety of Gators sports.

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