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Sports NFL pro days schedule 2021: Everything to know about pre-draft workouts without the NFL Combine

18:53  02 march  2021
18:53  02 march  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

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NFL pro days are taking on much greater importance ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft. The league has canceled its traditional central NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this year, meaning prospects' official measurements and on-field drills will be conducted at their respective college campuses from early March through early April.

For teams wanting a closer look at the players whom they are considering drafting in late April, they would need to attend those specific pro days around the nation. The NFL also has limited all teams to having no more than three combined representatives from their front-office, scouting and coaching staffs at each pro day.

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Without a Combine, talent evaluators need do their due pro day diligence by grinding film and virtually interviewing prospects. Starting with when the top college programs and some of the most notable players available will work out, here is everything you need to know to follow the pre-draft action.

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NFL pro days schedule 2021

Friday, March 5

  • Kansas

Tuesday, March 9

  • Kansas State
  • Northwestern (OT Rashawn Slater, LB Paddy Fisher, CB Greg Newsome)
  • Wisconsin-Whitewater

Wednesday, March 10

  • Arkansas (QB Feleipe Franks)
  • Marshall
  • Maryland
  • Northern Illinois
  • Wisconsin

Thursday, March 11

  • Clemson (RB Travis Etienne, WR Amari Rodgers, OT Jackson Carman, WR Cornell Powell)
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Texas (EDGE Joseph Ossai, OT Samuel Cosmi, S Caden Stearns, QB Sam Ehlinger)

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  • Arkansas State
  • North Dakota State (QB Trey Lance, OT Dillon Radunz)
  • Oklahoma (G/C Creed Humphrey, EDGE Ronnie Perkins, RB Rhamondre Stevenson)

Monday, March 15

  • Army
  • Kent State
  • Middle Tennessee State
  • Vanderbilt

Tuesday, March 16

  • Georgia Tech
  • Temple

Wednesday, March 17

  • Arizona
  • Georgia (EDGE Azeez Ojulari, CB Eric Stokes, CB Tyson Campbell, QB Jamie Newman, G Ben Cleveland)
  • Illinois
  • Pittsburgh (S Paris Ford, EDGE Patrick Jones II, DT Jalen Twyman)
  • San Jose State

Thursday, March 18

  • Auburn (WR Seth Williams)
  • Buffalo (RB Jaret Patterson)
  • Central Arkansas
  • Louisiana Tech
  • Louisiana-Monroe
  • Stanford (OT Walker Little, QB Davis Mills)
  • Troy
  • West Virginia

Friday, March 19

  • Memphis (RB Kenneth Gainwell)
  • Ohio
  • TCU (S Trevon Moehrig, S Ar'Darius Washington)

Monday, March 22

  • Air Force
  • Bowling Green
  • Colorado
  • Colorado State
  • Florida State (CB Asante Samuel Jr. DT Marvin Wilson, S Hamsah Nasirildeen, WR Tamorrion Terry)
  • Iowa (DT Daviyon Nixon)
  • Missouri (LB Nick Bolton)
  • Northern Iowa
  • Toledo

Tuesday, March 23

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  • Alabama (WR DeVonta Smith, CB Patrick Surtain II, WR Jaylen Waddle, QB Mac Jones, RB Najee Harris, DT Christian Barmore, OT Alex Leatherwood, G Landon Dickerson, LB Dylan Moses)
  • Central Michigan
  • Iowa State
  • Nebraska
  • Purdue (WR Rondale Moore)

Wednesday, March 24

  • Michigan State
  • Mississippi State (RB Kylin Hill)
  • South Carolina (CB Jaycee Horn)
  • USC (G Alijah Vera-Tucker, WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, DT Jay Tufele)
  • Virginia

Thursday, March 25

  • Georgia Southern
  • Liberty
  • Massachusetts
  • North Texas
  • Ole Miss (WR Elijah Moore)
  • Penn State (LB Micah Parsons, EDGE Jayson Oweh, TE Pat Freiermuth)
  • San Diego State
  • SMU (QB Shane Buechele)
  • Tennessee (G Trey Smith)
  • Western Michigan

Friday, March 26

  • Boston College (TE Hunter Long)
  • BYU (QB Zach Wilson)
  • Michigan (EDGE Kwity Paye, OT Jalen Mayfield)
  • South Dakota State (WR Cade Jones)
  • Virginia Tech (CB Caleb Farley, OT Christian Darrisaw)

Monday, March 29

  • Arizona State
  • Duke (EDGE Chris Rumph II)
  • Louisiana-Lafayette
  • Miami (EDGE Gregory Rousseau, EDGE Jalan Phillips, TE Brevin Jordan, EDGE Quincy Roche)
  • Miami (Ohio)
  • North Carolina (RB Javonte Williams, WR Dyami Brown, RB Michael Carter, LB Chazz Surratt)

Tuesday, March 30

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  • Alabama (follow-up)
  • East Carolina
  • Florida Atlantic
  • Louisville
  • North Carolina State
  • Ohio State (QB Justin Fields, G Wyatt Davis, DT Tommy Togai, LB Pete Werner, CB Shaun Wade, LB Baron Browning, G Josh Myers, RB Trey Sermon)
  • Texas A&M (QB Kellen Mond)
  • Tulane
  • Washington (DT Levi Onwuzurike, S Elijah Molden)

Wednesday, March 31

  • Boise State
  • Florida (TE Kyle Pitts, WR Kadarius Toney, QB Kyle Trask)
  • Kentucky
  • LSU (WR Ja'Marr Chase, WR Terrace Marshall Jr.)
  • Notre Dame (LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, OT Liam Eichenberg)
  • Wake Forest (EDGE Carlos Basham Jr., WR Sage Surratt)

Thursday, April 1

  • Applachian State
  • Charlotte
  • Minnesota (WR Rashod Bateman)
  • Oklahoma State (OT Teven Jenkins, RB Chuba Hubbard)
  • Oregon State
  • South Florida
  • UCF
  • Western Kentucky

Friday, April 2

  • Oregon (OT Penei Sewell, S Jevon Holland)
  • Tulsa (LB Javen Collins)

Wednesday, April 7

  • Texas Tech

Friday, April 9

  • Ball State
  • Houston
  • Rice
  • UAB

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How to watch NFL pro days on TV

The NFL Network and ESPN will have live pre-draft coverage of the bigger college campus workouts, focusing on marquee programs with a plethora of top 2021 prospects, including Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Florida. There also will be a focus on first-round quarterbacks from outside of those schools, such as BYU's Zach Wilson and North Dakota State's Trey Lance.

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Television and streaming information will available closer to the date of each workout, so stay tuned for updates as they become available.

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Biggest storylines to watch

1, Quarterbacks, quarterback, quarterbacks (minus Trevor Lawrence). Lawrence already turned in his individual pro day workout at Clemson in mid February before having shoulder on his left (non-throwing) shoulder and did everything he needed to do to lock down the No. 1 overall pick to the Jaguars. Now Wilson, Lance, Ohio State's Justin Fields, Alabama's Mac Jones and Florida's Kyle Trask will all get chances to settle their first- and second-round positions behind them. With the stock of every QB after Lawrence somewhat in flux, each workout can be critical.

2. Alabama times two. With Jones and several key members of the Crimson Tide's national championship offense ready to perform for scouts, that doesn't even get into the traditional glut of pro-ready top defensive players leaving Nick Saban. The prospects are so elite and nice, this pro day needs to happen twice, one week apart, on March 23 and then again on March 30. Jones' stock watch aside, it's also a "competition" to see whether DeVonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle should be the first 'Bama wide receiver off the board in the first round, and whether running back Najee Harris can convince teams he should also go later in the round.

3. Florida's dynamic trio. Trask will be operating with his two inside, first-round go-to guys, dominant receiving tight Kyle Pitts and big-play slot receiver Kadarius Toney. Trask has fallen out of top 32 consideration deeper into the process, but he can use his familiar targets to try to boost himself in the early second round.

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4. Running up the board. In some combination, Harris and Clemson's Travis Etienne have been steady as the 1-2 punch atop the available running back prospects. But backs such as the North Carolina duo of Javonte Williams and Michael Carter have seen their stocks shoot up. Meanwhile, players such as Mississippi State's Kylin Hill and Oklahoma State's Chuba Hubbard have more to prove.

5. Getting freaky in the Big Ten. As edge rushers, Michigan's Kwity Paye and Penn State's Jayson Oweh can put on a show. Same goes for Northwestern offensive tackle Rashawn Slater and Purdue wide receiver Rondale Moore. There are a lot of dynamic athletes to watch in the Big Ten outside of Ohio State.

6. Opt-outs back in play. Slater, Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell, Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons, Miami edge rusher Gregory Rousseau and Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley highlight the many standouts who decided to skip the 2020 season because of concerns over COVID-19. It will be good to see them and others live in football-playing mode again in 2021, before they transition to the NFL.

7. Living on the EDGE ... and at linebacker. There have been many fluctuating values involving the best pass rushers and rangy cover men from the second level. Related to that, there are lot of versatile safeties behind them trying to find their place in the pecking order. As much as there's offensive excitement in this draft, the defensive decisions are tough. Teams will want a few more answers about talent and scheme fits.

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