This year 338 players have been invited to participate in the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis Feb 26-March 4.
The annual event at Lucas Oil Stadium features medical evaluations, interviews with teams, media sessions and on-field workouts for most of college football's best talent entering the NFL Draft in April.
It's no surprise that Clemson and Alabama, the two teams who played for the national championship, lead all schools this year with 11 invitees each. Ohio State is second with 10 players invited. The SEC has 90 players total, followed by the Big Ten (53) and ACC (46).
The Combine is one of the important components of the pre-draft process for Lions GM Bob Quinn and his staff. It's the first time they'll get real measurements on the underclassmen, and the medical evaluations on all 338 players are critical. Then, obviously, comes the testing.
Quinn has already expressed a desire to add playmakers on both sides of the ball this offseason. The Lions have immediate needs at pass rusher, cornerback, tight end and receiver, but Quinn said Monday at the Season Ticket Member Summit at Ford Field that all positions are open for discussion at pick No. 8.
This draft is defensively dominated at the top, with potentially eight or nine defensive linemen or pass rushers among the top 15 picks. Some of those names to keep an eye on are Nick Bosa (Ohio State), Quinnen Williams (Alabama), Josh Allen (Kentucky), Rashan Gary (Michigan), Ed Oliver (Houston), Clelin Ferrell (Clemson), Christian Wilkins (Clemson), and Montez Sweat (Mississippi State).
Running backs, offensive linemen and specialists will be the first players to arrive and go through workouts. They will be followed in groups by quarterbacks/wide receivers/tight ends, defensive linemen/linebackers and then defensive backs.
Click here for a list of all the players invited to this year's Combine.