PHOENIX – One day after watching prospects trying to prove they can play on Sunday's, the Colts scouting department is busy today examining players who have already played at this level.
The question for the more than 125 attendees at Sunday's Veterans Combine in Phoenix is whether or not they can still play in the NFL.
For the time ever, the NFL is hosting an NFL Veteran Combine on Sunday "designated to showcase players who have already left college and many who have already played in the NFL to teams in an effort to be signed as free agents."
On Saturday, the Colts scouting department was present at the Super Regional Combine in Phoenix. The weekend of scouting in Arizona continues today with the Veteran Combine at the Arizona Cardinals facility.
Sunday's Combine script will be very similar to the drills you would see at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last month.
However, there won't be an extensive interview session, or any medical testing like in Indianapolis.
NFL veteran Matt Birk, the league's director of player development, played a major role in helping put together the inaugural Combine.
"I'm anxious to see how it's received by our clubs," Birk told NFL Network. "It's a new event. There's a fair amount of skepticism surrounding it and rightfully so. So I guess we're just focused right now on executing and making sure that things run smoothly and that our clubs find it useful."
Birk said he received over 2,000 applications and had to turn away some close friends, some who even went through the trouble of calling him personally to complain. He joined a group of current and former NFL personnel executives who helped whittle down the pool to a manageable number (125).
"Did I get guys calling up mad at me? Guys that I know? Guys that I played with that didn't get in? Oh yeah," Birk said. "And I get it. Guys are fighting for their football lives. They want it as bad as anything and that hurts. It hurts me as a player. Football is a brotherhood and some of these guys I played with. It's hard."
All 32 teams are expected to be present at Sunday's Combine before the Annual League Meetings get underway in Phoenix.
Some former Colts that are expected to compete today include DE-Jamaal Anderson, OL-Jack Breckner, OL-Jason Foster, LB-Scott Lutrus, FB-Dan Moore and DE-Caesar Rayford.
There is certainly a local flavor at Sunday's Combine with RB-Jewell Hampton (Warren Central High School), RB-Cierre Wood (Notre Dame), OL-Mike Golic Jr. (Notre Dame), DL-Larry Black (Indiana) and LB-Dan Fox (Notre Dame) on the Combine list.
Colts.com will have coverage from the Veteran Combine later today. Also, NFL Network will air a one-hour special on the Combine tonight at 5:00 p.m. EST.
Below is a schedule and a list of the Veteran Combine attendees:
SUNDAY, MARCH 22
Players expected to attend
Full Name | Position | College
Armstrong, Matt | C | Grand Valley State
Carter, Sherman | C | Tennessee State
Foster, Jason | C | Rhode Island
Gallington, Deveric | C | Texas Tech
Golic, Mike | C | Notre Dame
Gottschalk, Ben | C | Southern Methodist
Pocic, Graham | C | Illinois
Van Roten, Greg | C | Pennsylvania
Berry, Aaron | CB | Pittsburgh
Burton, Brandon | CB | Utah
Carr, Deveron | CB | Arizona State
Edwards, Kip | CB | Missouri
Lee, Saeed | CB | Alabama State
Love, Jordan | CB | Towson
Lyn, Keon | CB | Syracuse
Patrick, Johnny | CB | Louisville
Posey, Julian | CB | Ohio
Reid, Greg | CB | Valdosta State
Sullen, Jordan | CB | Tulane
White, Ryan | CB | Auburn
Anderson, Jamaal | DE | Arkansas
Brown, Sammy | DE | Houston
Carriker, Adam | DE | Nebraska
Cox, Rakim | DE | Villanova
Mims, Tevin | DE | South Florida
Paulhill, Shahid | DE | Temple
Rayford, Caesar | DE | Washington
Roh, Craig | DE | Michigan
Sam, Michael | DE | Missouri
Black, Larry | DT | Indiana
Collins, Nate | DT | Virginia
Forston, Marcus | DT | Miami
Harris, DaJohn | DT | Southern California
Jerideau, Byron | DT | South Carolina
Minter, Zach | DT | Montana State
Thompson, Everrette | DT | Washington
Troup, Torell | DT | Central Florida
Moore, Dan | FB | Montana
Pryor, Lonnie | FB | Florida State
Unga, Harvey | FB | Brigham Young
Dominguez, Ray | G | Arkansas
Goodin, Stephen | G | Nebraska-Kearney
Huey, Michael | G | Texas
Morris, Darius | G | Temple
Wells, Justin | G | St. Augustine's
White, Ian | G | Boston College
Baker, Chris | LB | East Carolina
Copeland, Brandon | LB | Pennsylvania
Devitto, Steele | LB | Boston College
Doughty, Jake | LB | Utah State
Dowtin, Marcus | LB | North Alabama
Drakeford, Darin | LB | Maryland
Fox, Dan | LB | Notre Dame
Glaud, Ka'Lial | LB | Rutgers
Keiser, Thomas | LB | Stanford
Kimbrough, Jeremy | LB | Appalachian State
Lutrus, Scott | LB | Connecticut
Rolle, Brian | LB | Ohio State
So'oto, Vic | LB | Brigham Young
Steward, Phillip | LB Houston
Miller, Jordan | NT | Southern U.
Johnson, Jerrod | QB | Texas A&M
Kafka, Mike | QB | Northwestern
Kay, Brendon | QB | Cincinnati
Price, Keith| QB | Washington
Robinson, Zac | QB | Oklahoma State
Thomas, Darron | QB | Oregon
Wilson, Tyler | QB | Arkansas
Bush, Michael | RB | Louisville
Hampton, Jewel | RB | Southern Illinois
Hines, Quentin | RB | Akron
Jones, Felix | RB | Arkansas
LeShoure, Mikel | RB | Illinois
Scott, Da'Rel | RB | Maryland
Wood, Cierre | RB | Notre Dame
Mcmillian, Jerron | S | Maine
Mitchell, Charles | S | Mississippi State
Owusu-Ansah, Akwasi | S | Indiana, Pa.
Sebetic, Kyle | S | Dayton
Silva, Mana | S | Hawaii
Starling, Jawanza | S | Southern California
Young, Joe | S | Rutgers
Aladenoye, Josh | T | Illinois State
Breckner, Jack | T | Gustavus Adolphus
Foketi, Manase | T | West Texas A&M
Harris, Randall | T | Towson
Childers, Jamie | TE | Coastal Carolina
Momah, Ifeanyi | TE | Boston College
Ogbuehi, Emmanuel | TE | Georgia State
Veldman, Matt | TE | North Dakota State
Walker, Dallas | TE | Western Michigan
Waters, Eric | TE | Missouri
Adams, Joe | WR | Arkansas
Anderson, Joe | WR | Texas Southern
Gadsden, Ben | WR | Miami
Jean, Lestar | WR | Florida Atlantic
Johnson, Darius | WR | Southern Methodist
Kurihara, Tukashi | WR | No College
Mayo, Thomas | WR | California, Pa.
Mitchell, Carlton | WR | South Florida
Slaughter, Nathan | WR | West Texas A&M
Steelman, Trent | WR | Army
Williams, LaQuan | WR | Maryland