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Harnish Diary: Settling in at NFL Combine

Hectic first day and short night

Monday, April 30, 2012 - 8:33 am

NFL Combine, Wednesday, Feb. 22

Wow, what a day! Checked in at 11:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Indianapolis, immediately filled out 15 minutes of paperwork, and then was bussed over to Indiana Medical Hospital. I then proceeded to spend the next five hours of the day going through different medical exams.

Those exams consisted of echo-cardiogram, EKG, MRI, X-rays, urine test, blood test and finally interviews with team doctors from various teams in the NFL (the Colts being the first).

After the medical exams ended, we bussed back to the Plaza to continue to do more testing. The final test of the day was called the CYBEX. I was strapped into a futuristic looking chair where they measured the strength of your knees, hamstrings and quads. It was a very tiring exercise but was used to measure the power exerted by the different muscles surrounding the knee joint and how you were able to maintain that power through a series of reps. Crazy stuff to say the least.

Finally, break time for 20 minutes. Dinner was slated next, where I saw Andrew Luck (Stanford quarterback), Jacory Harris (Miami, Fla., quarterback), Matt Kalil (USC offensive tackle) and LaMichael James (Oregon running back).

Orientation followed dinner, then it was off to the “train station” as it is called at the Crowne Plaza, where NFL scouts, coaches and even coordinators were waiting to interview players.

I was fortunate enough to have a sit-down convo with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, Detroit Lions assistant coach Todd Downing, along with coaches and scouts from the Broncos, Browns and Rams. All in all a hectic, yet very productive day.

Bedtime now (currently 10:27 p.m.…..4 a.m. wake up tomorrow!)

Chandler Harnish is a Norwell High School and Northern Illinois University graduate who is writing about his experiences performing as a quarterback for scouts at the NFL Combine.