The National Invitational Camp
or NFL Scouting Combine
, as it is more widely known, is a week-long showcase, occurring every February in Indianapolis, Indiana
's Lucas Oil Stadium
(and formerly at the RCA Dome
until 2008), where college football players perform physical and mental tests in front of National Football League
coaches, general managers and scouts. With increasing interest in the NFL Draft
, the scouting combine has grown in scope and significance, allowing personnel directors to evaluate upcoming prospects in a standardized setting. Its origins have evolved from the National, BLESTO and Quadra Scouting organizations in 1977 to the media event it has become today.
Athletes attend by invitation only. Implications of one's performance during the combine can affect perception, draft status, salary and ultimately career. The draft has popularized the term "Workout Warrior", whereby an athlete's "draft stock" is increased based on superior measurable qualities such as size, speed and strength, despite having an average or sub-par college career.Isaac Cheifetz, Hiring Secrets of the NFL: How Your Company Can Select Talent Like a Champion
(2007), 68, available at Rich Eisen, Total Access: A Journey to the Center of the NFL Universe
(2007), 128, available at......