The NFL offseason calendar is in full swing.
Teams can already identify players that they will give the franchise tag to and find ways to save cap space by restructuring contracts.
However, the Scouting Combine is roughly a week away and front-office executives from all 32 teams will be in Indianapolis from March 3-6.
They will assess the prospects for the 2022 NFL Draft as they undergo a series of drills that will test and measure their physical attributes.
The results from these activities can help determine an aspirants’ projected success in the league.
Some players in the past like Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson elevated their draft stock by doing well with the activities.
This year will be no different as the league lifted bubble-like restrictions for the Combine.
That change is crucial to prevent the players from waiting so long through tests and repetition of drills.
Perhaps the current crop of aspiring defensive linemen will perform like how Aaron Donald did during his Combine.
— NFL (@NFL) February 24, 2022
That promotional tweet by the NFL featured a video showing the three-time Defensive Player of the Year going through the traditional combine drills.
The first drill was the 40-yard dash, followed by his broad jump and vertical jump.
Then he was off to some cone drills and exercises to test his agility and strength.
From Combine To Canton
Since his Combine experience, Donald has wreaked havoc upon the opposition.
Aside from winning three Defensive Player of the Year awards, the former Pitt Panther became a First-Team All-Pro seven times.
More importantly, he’s finally a Super Bowl champion after preserving the Los Angeles Rams’ lead by chasing down Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.
The Super Bowl LVI victory is the final piece of his credentials for the Hall of Fame.
However, he is yearning for more achievements as he hopes to play for at least one more year.