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More than 330 top prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft have been invited to participate at the NFL Scouting Combine in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. This event is a vital step in athletes achieving their NFL dreams. Follow this event Feb. 21-25 live on NFL.com and NFL Network.
MSUSpartans.com will be covering the event all weekend with daily reports and frequent Twitter updates @msu_football.
Four Michigan State seniors - linebacker Max Bullough, cornerback Darqueze Dennard, wide receiver Bennie Fowler and safety Isaiah Lewis - have been selected to participate in the 2014 Scouting Combine.
For a complete look at how each Spartan tested at the NFL Combine, visit their respective player pages on NFL.com:
Max Bullough | Darqueze Dennard | Bennie Fowler | Isaiah Lewis
Spartan NFL Combine Report: Tuesday
Cornerback Darqueze Dennard and safety Isaiah Lewis test on the last day of the NFL Combine; exclusive interview with Darqueze Dennard.
Spartan NFL Combine Report: Monday
Max Bullough is the second Spartan to test for on-field workouts; Isaiah Lewis auditioning in front of NFL scouts in his hometown.
Spartan NFL Combine Report: Sunday
Bennie Fowler is the first Spartan to test for on-field workouts; Bill Polian talks Spartan football.
Spartan NFL Combine Report: Saturday
Max Bullough meets with the media to talk about his NFL Draft preparations, while NFL analysts Charles Davis and Jim Miller break down Bullough's game.
Spartan NFL Combine Report: Friday
Bennie Fowler meets with the media to talk about his NFL Draft preparations, while NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock talks Spartan football in an exclusive interview with msuspartans.com.
||Shuttle (20 yd./60 yd.)
The 40-yard dash is the marquee event at the combine. It's kind of like the 100-meters at the Olympics: It's all about speed, explosion and watching skilled athletes run great times. These athletes are timed at 10, 20 and 40-yard intervals. What the scouts are looking for is an explosion from a static start.
The bench press is a test of strength -- 225 pounds, as many reps as the athlete can get. What the NFL scouts are also looking for is endurance. Anybody can do a max one time, but what the bench press tells the pro scouts is how often the athlete frequented his college weight room for the last 3-5 years.
The vertical jump is all about lower-body explosion and power. The athlete stands flat-footed and they measure his reach. It is important to accurately measure the reach, because the differential between the reach and the flag the athlete touches is his vertical jump measurement.
The broad jump is like being in gym class back in junior high school. Basically, it is testing an athlete's lower-body explosion and lower-body strength. The athlete starts out with a stance balanced and then he explodes out as far as he can. It tests explosion and balance, because he has to land without moving.
3 cone drill
The 3 cone drill tests an athlete's ability to change directions at a high speed. Three cones in an L-shape. He starts from the starting line, goes 5 yards to the first cone and back. Then, he turns, runs around the second cone, runs a weave around the third cone, which is the high point of the L, changes directions, comes back around that second cone and finishes.
The short shuttle is the first of the cone drills. It is known as the 5-10-5. What it tests is the athlete's lateral quickness and explosion in short areas. The athlete starts in the three-point stance, explodse out 5 yards to his right, touches the line, goes back 10 yards to his left, left hand touches the line, pivot, and he turns 5 more yards and finishes.