EuroCombine Skill Assessments

Here is a brief breakdown of the measurable drills:

  • Body Measurements
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Body Photo (Taken with Shirt on against a white background)
  • Hand Span (measured from tip of thumb to tip of pinky)
  • Arm Length (measured from shoulder blade to tip of middle finger)

 

EuroCombine Drills

40-yard dash
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 and 40-yard intervals. What the scouts are looking for is an explosion from a static start.

Bench press
The bench press is a test of strength – 225 pounds, as many reps as the athlete can get. What the ESS scouts are also looking for is endurance. Anybody can do a max one time, but what the bench press tells the pro scouts how often the athlete trains at the weight room.

Vertical jump
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.

Broad jump

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.

Shuttle run

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, explodes 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.

Position Drills (Not conducted at all combines)

Quarterback

  • QB’s perform a series of 3, 5 and 7 step drops while throwing to stationary receivers.
  • QB’s throw the route tree

Runningback

  • RB’s perform position off tackle reaction drill.

Tight End/Wide Receiver

  • TE’s/WR’s perform the Gauntlet

Offensive Line

  • OL are timed in the Kick Slide drill (2 point and 3 point)

Linebacker

  • LB’s perform pass Drop and Hip Rotation drill

Linebacker

  • DB’s are times and evaluated on the Speed Turn drills

Defensive Back

  • LB’s perform pass Drop and Hip Rotation drill