NFL to stage additional combine for draft prospects in Miami


Mississippi State defensive lineman Montez Sweat runs the 40-yard dash during the NFL scouting combine, Sunday, March 3, 2019, in Indianapolis. (Darron Cummings/AP)

MIAMI — The NFL will stage an additional event beyond the upcoming scouting combine in Indianapolis.

The league’s combine series will have a regional invitational and historically black colleges and universities combine from March 27-29 at the Miami Dolphins’ Baptist Health Training Facility. Attendees will include draft-eligible athletes who were not invited to the national combine that begins later this month.

Vikings Pro Bowl wide receiver Adam Thielen and fullback C.J. Ham, along with Broncos kicker Brandon McManus, Rams four-time All-Pro punter Johnny Hekker, and Chiefs centre Austin Reiter attended the regional combine during their draft year.

Nearly 10 per cent of all players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame attended HBCUs. In 2019, there were 32 players from HBCU programs on NFL rosters.

Prospects for the NFL’s 2020 international pathway program will participate in the regional combine. Begun in 2017, the program provides elite international athletes the opportunity to compete at the NFL level, improve their skills, and perhaps earn a spot on an NFL roster. Nine athletes from eight countries will compete for a spot in the 2020 pathway program.

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