INDIANAPOLIS – For the last 17 years, Todd Vasvari has scoured the country to find pieces for 14 different Colts playoff teams.
As the Colts' Assistant Director of College Scouting, Vasvari will see over 300 prospects this week in one spot after months of evaluating the finest college talent during their collegiate seasons.
A typical day at the Combine for Vasvari goes well beyond what fans will see on NFL Network.
While the observation of on-the-field drills is on the agenda, the day and night includes a multitude of stops for the Colts brass.
Here is a preview of what Vasvari's 16-hour Friday is expected to look like:
Friday6:45-8:45 A.M- Defensive line and linebacker measurements. Arrive at Lucas Oil Stadium for the height, weight, arm, hand and wingspan measurements. Measurements do not start until 7:30 A.M. but we get there early to secure good seats with the best view. This is our first opportunity to get precise measurements on the prospects and evaluate their body types.
9:00-10:00- Offensive Line Group 1 starts with 10, 20 and 40-yard dash timing. Leave directly from measurements and head to our seats in front of the 40-yard dash finish line to watch the players warm up. Row for the 40-yard dash for each team is picked randomly the first day of the combine. They have 32 envelopes with row numbers on them. Each team picks an envelope and whatever row number is inside the envelope, that is the team's row for the week. Some teams like to be low and some prefer to be up higher. Time 40s. This is the first chance we have for many of the prospects to get an accurate 10, 20 and 40 time.
10:00-11:00- Offensive Line Group 1, Position Drills: Offensive linemen are put through a number of on-field position drills by NFL coaches directly after they finish running the 40s. We evaluate and take notes on how quick, agile and fast these players are, as well as how competitive and how well they follow directions.
11:00-Noon- Offensive Line Group 2 does 10, 20, 40-yard dash timing. Second offensive line group runs their 40s.
12:00-1:00 P.M. -Offensive Line Group 2, Position Drills: Second group of offensive linemen are put through position drills.
1:00-2:00- Tight Ends 10, 20, 40-yard dash. Tight Ends run their 40s.
2:00-3:30- Tight End, Position Drills: Tight Ends are put through a number of on-field position drills by NFL coaches directly after they finish running the 40s. In addition to evaluating how well they compete, follow directions and move, we also evaluate how well they run routes, adjust and catch the football. They are also put through some blocking type drills against bags.
6:00-11:00 -Scheduled Player Interviews: Each team can submit up to 60 players that they would like to interview. These interviews are spread out over the course of the combine in the evenings. Teams could have up to 20 interviews in one night. Scheduled interviews have a 15-minute time limit. In most instances, this is the first opportunity for many teams to have a face-to-face, private sit-down with the player in front of the General Manager, Head Coach, Coaches, Scouts, etc. Coaches and scouts also have accessibility to interview the players at different times during the combine. We will ask a number of questions to each player to gauge his character, love for football, intelligence and fit for our team.