2013 NFL Combine: TV schedule, workouts, invite list and more (Open Thread)

JD Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

There seems to be a lot to digest regarding the NFL Combine, so we decided to help out a bit.

Who is eligible for the Combine (via NFLCombine.net)?

All college seniors immediately following their final year of collegiate eligibility.
Any underclassmen who declare for the NFL draft and satisfy all NCAA and NFL requirements are eligible.
An athlete who is not playing collegiate football may qualify under a special circumstance in the year that correlates to his natural draft year had he been playing college football.

Who's going to the Combine?

You can see the complete list of players arriving here.

What's the weekend schedule?

There are four different groups of players coming to the Combine, sorted by position group.

Day 1 arrival: offensive lineman, tight ends, special teams, place kicker
Day 2 arrival: quarterbacks, receivers, running backs
Day 3 arrival: defensive line, linebackers
Day 4 arrival: defensive backs

Each group will go through the same schedule, just staggered by which day they arrive.

Day 1 schedule: Travel to Indianapolis, registration, hospital pre-exam and x-rays, orientation, interviews
Day 2 schedule: Measurements, medical examinations, media, interviews
Day 3 schedule: NFLPA meeting, psychological testing, PK/ST workout, bench press, interviews
Day 4 schedule: On-field workout (timing, stations, skill drills), departure from Indianapolis

Day 1 arrivals have completed their day 1 schedule and are moving onto the day 2 schedule on Thursday. Day 2 arrivals are starting their schedule on Thursday. Day 3 arrivals will be in Indy on Friday and Day 4 arrivals will come on Saturday, which means the Combine won't be over until next Tuesday.

How can I watch this on TV?

On Thursday and Friday NFL Network will be providing press conference coverage at 2:00 p.m. (ET). The actual drills don't start until Saturday and NFL Network will be there to air those each day at 9:00 a.m. (ET).

Via the NFL Network release: "Live coverage of on-field workouts begins Saturday, February 23 at 9:00 AM ET with the offensive linemen,tight ends and kickers, and continues with the running backs, quarterbacks and wide receivers on Sunday, February 24, linebackers and defensive linemen on Monday, February 25 and defensive backs on Tuesday, February 26. Coverage of workouts begins each day at 9:00 AM ET."

What workouts will they do?

Click the link for more on the history of that workout.

40-yard dash
Bench press
Vertical jump
Broad jump
3-cone drill
Shuttle run

We've got four from SB Nation at the Combine providing coverage, so make sure to give them a follow in your Twitterverse:

Dan Kadar: @MockingTheDraft
Matthew Fairburn: @MatthewFairburn
Ryan Van Bibber: @JustRVB
Jason Garrison: @JGarrisonSBN

WHEN WILL PHIL EMERY AND MARC TRESTMAN SPEAK?

That schedule is out too, and you can see the full thing HERE, but Marc Trestman drew short straw and spoke first this morning (we'll be getting some quotes on that shortly), and Phil Emery will go on at Noon ET.

WHERE CAN I FIND SOME CURRENT NFL DRAFT PLAYER RANKINGS?

Well while we're dropping links all over the place, you can find some nifty info on player rankings HERE.

That's all for now, but check back with us early and often for more info!

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