Imagine you have a chance to interview for the top companies in your chosen field, but that interview will take place over several days and rather that take place behind closed doors, it's held on the same field as the Super Bowl and televised nationally.
Former Rice All-America punter Kyle Martens and former All C-USA defensive end Scott Solomon will have just that chance, having formally invited to participate in the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, which will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana from February 22-28.
This is the third time in the last four years the Owls have been represented at the Combine. James Casey and Jarett Dillard participated in the 2009 Combine and both were taken in the fifth round of that year's draft. Cheta Ozougwu participated last year and was taken by the Houston Texans with the final pick last April.
Over 300 players have been invited to this year's gathering of the top college draft prospects. The players will undergo audition and interview with executives, coaching staffs, player personnel departments and medical personnel from all 32 NFL teams.
Their first two days are comprised of orientations, meetings with the NFL Players Association, physicals and other medical examinations and psychological testing. The final day is when the bulk of the physical testing takes place.
Martens is one of 11 kickers who will participate, while Solomon will be in a group of 59 linemen. Martens will be in the first grouping of prospects to be tested, arriving on Wednesday, February 22 and departing on Saturday. The specialized testing for kickers and punters will take place on Friday, February 24. Solomon and the other defensive line candidates will arrive on Friday, February 24 and departing on Monday. The bulk of their televised performance testing will take place on Monday, February 27.
Participants are determined annually by a Selection Committee. The Directors of both National and BLESTO scouting services, which combined represent twenty-five NFL teams, are joined by members of various NFL player personnel departments to form the committee. The participating NFL executives can rotate on a yearly basis, and remain anonymous. ALL eligible players are reviewed and voted on by the committee members. Each athlete receiving the necessary number of votes, by position, is then extended an invitation.
The Combine began 1982 in Tampa, Florida and 163 players were evaluated by teams who belonged to National Football Scouting, Inc. Two additional camps were held to allow teams who were not members of National Football Scouting. By 1985, the camps were combined into one centralized camp, which was held in Arizona. The event moved to Indianapolis in 1987