He won’t be asked to catch the ball, of course. But Lake-Lehman graduate and former Penn State guard Connor McGovern will work out for NFL general managers, coaches and scouts at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Friday. (CHRISTOPHER DOLAN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)
The biggest misconception about the NFL Combine is that players show up, do their drills in front of scouts, get talked about on NFL Network for a little while, then leave.
You won’t see constant coverage of events from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis until those on-field workouts start Friday, but make no mistake, the NFL Combine is a week-long event, and invited players will start rolling into town today for what unquestionably will feel like their first step toward a professional career.
Led by quarterback Trace McSorley, seven Penn State players have been invited to participate in this week’s Combine: Lake-Lehman offensive lineman Connor McGovern, offensive lineman Ryan Bates, running back Miles Sanders, defensive linemen Kevin Givens and Shareef Miller, and cornerback Amani Oruwariye are the others.
On Tuesday, special teams players, offensive linemen and running backs will officially report to the Combine, starting what essentially becomes a three-day process every player who eventually will work out there goes through.
On the first day, players register, start going through some medical examinations, start the orientation process and ultimately interview with interested NFL teams. The next day, they get measured and weighed, then complete their medical exams and team interviews. It’s not until their third day in Indy that they do the on-field drills you see on NFL Network.
In those on-field drills, players will compete in the following areas:
- 40-yard dash
- Vertical jump
- Broad jump
- Three-cone drill
- 20-yard shuttle
- 60-yard shuttle
- Position-specific drills
Here is the workout schedule for each position:
Friday: Special teams, offensive line, running backs – McGovern, Bates and Sanders are the Penn Staters here.
Saturday: Quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends – A big day for McSorley
Sunday: Defensive linemen and linebackers – Givens and Miller will put their skills on display
Monday: Defensive backs – Oruwariye wraps it up
With Penn State players participating every day of the workouts, you can watch them just about every day on NFL Network, which broadcasts the event live starting at 9 a.m. on Friday Saturday and Monday. Sunday coverage starts at 10 a.m. On Saturday, ABC will take over coverage from 1 to 3 p.m., which is when the quarterbacks and receivers will work out. So, that’s where you have to go to see McSorley.
If you have a subscription to the NFL Network as part of your cable package, you can follow all coverage on the NFL app and online at NFL.com.
Of course, we’ll update you in depth on all of the Penn State players’ performances on the Blog.