Who will be the #1 Pick? NFL Network & NFL.com’s 2012 Scouting Combine Coverage

WHO WILL BE NO. 1? — THE MOST INTRIGUING NFL DRAFT CLASS IN YEARS HEADS TO THE NFL SCOUTING COMBINE INCLUDING HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER ROBERT GRIFFIN III, ANDREW LUCK, JUSTIN BLACKMON, MATT KALIL & TRENT RICHARDSON

NFL Network’s More Than 50 Hours of Exclusive “2012 NFL Scouting Combine Presented by Under Armour” Programming Starts Thursday, Feb. 23 with Live Coverage of the Workouts Beginning Saturday, Feb. 25 at 9:00 AM ET

NFL.com’s New ‘Combine Tracker’ Provides Immediate 40-Yard Dash Times

NFL Draft Analyst Mike Mayock Leads NFL Network and NFL.com’s 22-Person Roster Featuring Hall of Famers, Top Talent Evaluators, Former Coaches & Reporters

 

For the eighth consecutive year, NFL Network and NFL.com’s exclusive coverage of the league’s next generation of talent kicks off Thursday, February 23 with more than 50 hours of programming of the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, Presented by Under Armour. For six days, NFL Network broadcasts live from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, providing an up-close look at the more than 300 NFL prospects looking to take the next step in their careers as the ‘Path to Primetime’ 2012 NFL Draft continues.

Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Robert Griffin III, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon, USC offensive lineman Matt Kalil, and running back Trent Richardson from the national champion Alabama Crimson Tide headline the top prospects scheduled to appear in Indianapolis, with live coverage of workouts beginning on Saturday, February 25 at 9:00 AM ET with the offensive linemen, tight ends and kickers. NFL Network and NFL.com’s workout coverage continues with the running backs, quarterbacks and wide receivers on Sunday, February 26, linebackers and defensive linemen on Monday, February 27 and defensive backs on Tuesday, February 28.

NFL Network and NFL.com’s Combine coverage starts Thursday, February 23 at 2:30 PM ET with Around the League: 2012 NFL Scouting Combine Press Conferences from Lucas Oil Stadium. Daily editions of NFL Total Access: 2012 NFL Scouting Combine wrap up all of the day’s action at 7:00 PM ET.

NFL Network and NFL.com feature an unmatched 22-man roster of talent to cover the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine and the 2012 NFL Draft including:

 

Top NFL Draft Analysts

  • Mike Mayock
  • Charles Davis

 

Pro Football Hall of Famers and Former All-Pros

  • Marshall Faulk
  • Michael Irvin
  • Deion Sanders
  • Warren Sapp
  • Kurt Warner

 

Former Player Personnel Executives and Head Coaches

  • Michael Lombardi
  • Charley Casserly
  • Steve Mariucci
  • Brian Billick

 

Reporters

  • Jason La Canfora
  • Steve Wyche
  • Jeff Darlington

 

*(A complete talent roster is provided below)

Hall of Famers Faulk, Irvin and Sanders are joined by Super Bowl champions Warner, Sapp and Heath Evans to demonstrate what the teams are looking for during the drills and provide a former players’ perspective on the transition from college to the NFL.

For the first time ever, NFL.com provides unofficial 40-yard dash times for each participant in real time with the Combine Tracker, allowing fans to obtain results and data faster than ever before. Additionally, the new Combine Tracker lists how each athlete performed in all of the drills, providing a central location to receive statistics as they happen.

NFL.com’s Score Strip highlights results from the 40-yard dash, the bench press, the broad jump and the vertical jump. Available wherever users are on NFL.com, fans are never far away from all the information and Combine results.

Fans can also follow the action from the Scouting Combine on the Emmy-nominated NFL.com LIVE: 2012 Scouting Combine. NFL.com’s coverage includes a daily all-access look inside the workouts and position drills of each group, as well as analysis, post-workout interviews and commentary on player performances and team needs.

To view NFL.com’s Combine home, visit http://www.nfl.com/combine.

A breakdown of NFL Network’s Combine programming and technological enhancements:

  • Live Workouts: Host Rich Eisen is joined by analysts Mike Mayock and Charles Davis for daily reports on the prospects participating. Additional expert commentary includes Michael Irvin on wide receivers (Sunday), Marshall Faulk on running backs (Sunday), Kurt Warner on quarterbacks (Sunday), Warren Sapp on defensive linemen (Monday), and Deion Sanders on defensive backs (Tuesday). Additionally, analyst Heath Evans provides live demos of each drill and Paul Burmeister is on the field with reports and interviews. Airs live Saturday, February 25 through Tuesday, February 28 beginning at 9:00 AM ET each day.
  • NFL Total Access: 2012 NFL Scouting Combine: NFL Total Access is on location at Lucas Oil Stadium with recaps, news, analysis and interviews featuring hosts Scott Hanson and Kara Henderson alongside analysts Brian Billick, Charley Casserly, Michael Irvin, Michael Lombardi and Steve Mariucci. Airs live Thursday, February 23 through Monday, February 27 at 7:00 PM ET.
  • Around the League: 2012 NFL Scouting Combine Press Conferences: Player, coach and general manager press conferences from the Combine will be featured along with all of the current football news. Fran Charles, Michael Lombardi, Charley Casserly and Jason La Canfora anchor the coverage. Airs live Thursday and Friday at 2:30 PM ET.
  • NFLN-Focus Camera Technology: A high-speed camera that allows moving targets to stay in the camera frame longer, highlighting the smallest details. It will have a tremendous presence in coverage of the 40-yard dash, both at the start and finish line, and will also be used in other events including the vertical and broad jumps, three-cone and position drills.

For video from last year’s NFL Scouting Combine coverage highlighting the use of NFLN-Focus Camera technology, please visit: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-combine/09000d5d81e892ba/Top-Player-of-Day-3-Von-Miller

  • Simulcam Camera Technology: For the fourth year at the NFL Scouting Combine, the fan-favorite Simulcam provides an unparalleled, in-depth comparison and analysis of the position, style, speed and trajectory of competitors through the use of background recognition and camera-matching technology. Simulcam will be a key contributor to NFL Network’s 40-yard dash coverage.

For video from the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine coverage highlighting the use of Simulcam, featuring NFL Network’s Rich Eisen “racing” current Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji, please visit: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/09000d5d80eea0dc/Rich-Eisen-s-40-yard-dash

  • QB Tracking Information Technology: Returning as part of NFL Network’s coverage, QB Tracking provides additional, unofficial statistics for viewers during the quarterback and wide receiver pass and reception workouts. QB Tracking records the distance thrown, ball velocity, and time it takes to go from the hand of the quarterback to that of the wide receiver.
  • Cablecam Technology: The Cablecam returns to offer a unique overhead view which gives viewers a new way of following each drill and a more intimate feeling that they are present in Indianapolis.
  • Rich Eisen’s Annual 40-Yard Dash: For the eighth year in a row, Rich Eisen will run the 40-yard dash in his trademark suit and Under Armour shoes, looking to best his Personal Record set last year.

For video of last year’s record-setting run, visit: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-combine/09000d5d81e8d293/Rich-Eisen-s-40-yard-dash

NFL.com will be on location for the duration of 2012 Scouting Combine to give fans the opportunity to design their own experience with features such as:

  • NFL.com’s Combine Tracker: NFL.com presents the Combine Tracker, which provides unofficial 40-yard dash times for each participant immediately. For the first time ever, fans are able to access how fast each player ran as it happens on the field. Additionally, statistics from every drill are available on the Combine Tracker, offering a central location for everything to do with the Combine.
  • Emmy-Nominated “NFL.com LIVE:” Fans can choose between two feeds featuring every player as they make their way through workouts and position drills. Coverage also includes post workout interviews with various prospects in the featured groups with Matt “Money” Smith, Bucky Brooks, Jamie Dukes, Steve Wyche and Jeff Darlington offering analysis and commentary.
  • Extensive Database of Prospects: Profiles of every participant, including scouting reports and statistics.
  • Explanation of Workouts: Mike Mayock takes fans through each event and position drill, explaining what coaches and scouts are looking for and evaluating.

http://www.nfl.com/combine/workouts

  • Exclusive Video and Photo Gallery: Player interviews, news conferences, NFL Total Access segments and other event coverage.
  • Use of Simulcam, NFLN-Focus and QB Tracking Technology: NFL.com video and web content will also include the use of Simulcam and NFLN-Focus technology, as well as QB Tracking information.

More than 1,000 NFL personnel including head coaches, general managers and scouts converge on Indianapolis to evaluate players through on-field drills, physical testing exams and interviews. NFL Network and NFL.com is the only place to see exclusive coverage of everything live on and off the field as Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Robert Griffin III, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon, National Champions from Alabama Trent Richardson and Courtney Upshaw and more than 300 prospects state their case for NFL teams. To view the list of players invited to the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, visit http://www.nfl.com/combine/story/09000d5d826d89dd/article/players-invited-to-the-2012-nfl-scouting-combine.

Under Armour is the presenting sponsor of NFL Network and NFL.com Combine coverage. All participants will be outfitted in Under Armour gear.

The 2012 NFL Scouting Combine marks the beginning of NFL Network’s and NFL.com’s ‘Path to Primetime’ Draft programming building up to the 2012 NFL Draft April 26-28 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. For the third consecutive year, the NFL Draft will kick off in primetime and NFL Network will provide gavel-to-gavel coverage starting with the first round Thursday, April 26, second and third rounds Friday, April 27 and rounds 4-7 Saturday, April 28.

NFL Network & NFL.com 2012 NFL Scouting Combine Talent

Brian Billick                 Analyst

Bucky Brooks             Analyst

Paul Burmeister          Reporter

Charley Casserly        Analyst

Fran Charles               Host

Jeff Darlington                        Reporter

Charles Davis             Analyst

Jamie Dukes               Analyst

Rich Eisen                   Host

Heath Evans               Analyst

Marshall Faulk                        Analyst

Scott Hanson              Host

Kara Henderson          Host

Michael Irvin               Analyst

Jason La Canfora       Reporter

Michael Lombardi       Analyst

Steve Mariucci            Analyst

Mike Mayock              Analyst

Deion Sanders            Analyst

Warren Sapp               Analyst

Matt “Money” Smith    Host

Steve Wyche              Reporter

Following is the NFL Network and NFL.com day-by-day Combine coverage schedule (all times listed in ET):

 

Thursday, February 23
12 NOON – Hey Rookie 2010: Part 1

1:00 PM – Hey Rookie 2010: Part 2

2:00 PM – Game Changers: Linebackers

2:30 PM – Around the League: 2012 NFL Scouting Combine Press Conferences

4:30 PM – Game Changers: Defensive Backs

5:00 PM – Hey Rookie 2010: Part 1

6:00 PM – Hey Rookie 2010: Part 2

7:00 PM – NFL Total Access: 2012 NFL Scouting Combine

8:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Undrafted Players

9:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Rookie Seasons

10:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Draft Classes

11:00 PM – NFL Total Access: 2012 NFL Scouting Combine

ALL DAY – NFL.com:  Exclusive daily video clips available

 

Friday, February 24
12 NOON – NFL’s Top 10: Undrafted Players

1:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Draft Classes

2:00 PM – Game Changers: Quarterbacks

2:30 PM – Around the League: 2012 NFL Scouting Combine Press Conferences

4:30 PM – Game Changers: Wide Receivers

5:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Draft Trades

6:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Draft Busts

7:00 PM – NFL Total Access: 2012 NFL Scouting Combine

8:00 PM – Brady 6

9:00 PM – Draft Journey – 2009: Brian Cushing, Michael Crabtree & Matthew Stafford

10:00 PM – Draft Journey – 2010: Colt McCoy, Ndamukong Suh & Myron Rolle

11:00 PM – NFL Total Access: 2012 NFL Scouting Combine

12 MIDNIGHT – 2012 Senior Bowl

 

ALL DAY – NFL.com: Exclusive daily video clips available

Saturday, February 25

9:00 AM – Workouts: Kickers, Offensive Linemen, Tight Ends LIVE COVERAGE

(Encores with cut-down versions at 8:00 PM & 12 Midnight)

7:00 PM – NFL Total Access: 2012 NFL Scouting Combine

(Encores at 11:00 PM)

STARTING AT 9:00 AM – NFL.com LIVE: Complete, all-access coverage of two groups

 

ALL DAY – NFL.com: Exclusive daily video clips available

 

Sunday, February 26

9:00 AM – Workouts: Running Backs, Quarterbacks, Wide ReceiversLIVE COVERAGE

(Encores with cut-down versions at 8:00 PM & 12 Midnight)

7:00 PM – NFL Total Access: 2012 NFL Scouting Combine

(Encores at 11:00 PM)

STARTING AT 9:00 AM – NFL.com LIVE: Complete, all-access coverage of group workouts

ALL DAY – NFL.com: Exclusive daily video clips available
Monday, February 27

9:00 AM – Workouts: Linebackers, Defensive Linemen LIVE COVERAGE

(Encores with cut-down versions at 8:00 PM & 12 Midnight)

7:00 PM – NFL Total Access: 2012 NFL Scouting Combine

(Encores at 11:00 PM)

STARTING AT 9:00 AM – NFL.com LIVE: Complete, all-access coverage of group workouts

ALL DAY – NFL.com: Exclusive daily video clips available

Tuesday, February 28

9:00 AM – Workouts: Defensive Backs LIVE COVERAGE

(Encores with cut-down versions at 8:00 PM & 12 Midnight)

7:00 PM – NFL Total Access: 2012 NFL Scouting Combine

(Encores at 11:00 PM)

STARTING AT 9:00 AM – NFL.com LIVE: Complete, all-access coverage of group workouts

ALL DAY – NFL.com: Exclusive daily video clips available

Wednesday, February 29

12 NOON – Game Changers: Defensive Backs

12:30 PM – Game Changers: Linebackers

1:00 PM – Game Changers: Quarterbacks

1:30 PM – Game Changers: Wide Receivers

2:00 PM – Hey Rookie – 2005

3:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Rookie Seasons

4:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Draft Classes

5:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Draft Trades

6:00 PM – Brady 6

7:00 PM – NFL Total Access

8:00 PM – 2012 NFL Scouting Combine Wrap-Up Show

9:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Undrafted Players

10:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Draft Busts

11:00 PM – NFL Total Access

12 MIDNIGHT – 2012 NFL Scouting Combine Wrap-Up Show

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