Combine's home base
After brief stints in New Orleans (1984 and 1986) and Arizona (1985), the NFL Scouting Combine moved to Indianapolis where it has been held since 1987. This is the 27th combine in Indianapolis. The first 22 combines in Indianapolis (1987-2008) were held in the RCA Dome (called the Hoosier Dome for the eight combines from 1987-94 before the building was renamed the RCA Dome). The 2013 combine will be the fifth held in Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Combine as Path to the Draft
Since 1985 -- when each NFL team began participating in the NFL Scouting Combine -- only three players have been selected in the draft’s first round without attending the combine. Those three are 0.4 percent of the 842 first rounders selected in the last 28 years (since the combine began). CB Darrien Gordon (drafted out of Stanford, 22nd overall in 1993 by the San Diego Chargers) is the only player selected in the first round in the past 20 drafts who was not invited to the combine. The only other two players drafted in the first round who were not invited to the combine are DE Aaron Jones (1988, 18th overall) and DT Eric Swann (1991, sixth overall). Swann did not attend college and was not eligible at be invited under combine policy.
Taking a different path to the draft
Since 2002, many notable players have made it onto an NFL roster without attending the NFL Scouting Combine. That list includes Victor Cruz in 2010 (undrafted), Jay Ratliff in 2005 (seventh round, 224th overall), Wes Welker in 2004 (undrafted), Osi Umenyiora in 2003 (second round, 56th overall) and James Harrison in 2002 (undrafted).
Run, Rich, run
Over the past seven years, NFL Network's Rich Eisen has run the 40-yard dash, with his best time coming from the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine when he ran it in 6.03 seconds and his worst time came in 2005 at 6.77 seconds. Eisen will look to record a new best time in 2013.
Nearly a quarter of the players invited to the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine are from SEC schools, with a total of 79 players invited from those schools. The conference with the second most players invited to the 2013 combine is the ACC with 43 players.
Scouts will find you
Over the last seven drafts, on average, the first player picked that did not attend the NFL Scouting Combine has been selected with the 90th pick. The earliest drafted non-combine invitees since 2006 have been Tavon Wilson in 2012 (second round, 48th overall), Kris Durham in 2011 (fourth round, 107th overall), Jacques McClendon in 2010 (fourth round, 129th overall), Mike Mitchell in 2009 (second round, 47th overall), William Hayes in 2008 (fourth round, 104th overall), Usama Young in 2007 (third round, 66th overall) and Domenik Hixon in 2006 (fourth round, 130th overall).
Where the top prospects converge
Over the last 15 years, only 22 players not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine have been selected in the first three rounds of the NFL draft.
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