What Is the NFL Scouting Combine?

The NFL Scouting Combine is a path to the NFL draft for over 300 top college football players. Players must be invited in order to attend the week-long event where they complete mental and physical assessments. NFL coaches, general managers, and scouts observe the players at the NFL Scouting Combine to select players for the NFL draft. A player’s performance during the NFL Scouting Combine may affect their draft status, salary, and NFL career.


Tests to Expect at the NFL Scouting Combine

  • Wonderlic Test
  • player Assessment Test (PAT) (supplement to the Wonderlic)
  • 40-yard dash, bench press (225 lb repetitions), vertical jump, broad jump, 20-yard shuttle, 3-cone drill
  • position-specific drills 
  • interviews (60 interviews per team in 15-minute intervals)
  • physical measurements
  • injury evaluation
  • drug screening
  • Cybex test

Wonderlic Test

The NFL Combine Wonderlic Test is an integral assessment that all players must take at the Scouting Combine. A player's score will most likely play a role in his draft status.

The NFL uses the Wonderlic Cognitive Ability—Personnel Test because it is designed to assess an applicant's ability to learn, adapt, solve problems, and understand instructions. There are two versions of this test, the Quicktest (WPT-Q), which consists of 30 questions and has an 8-minute time limit, and the full-length Personnel Test (WPT-R), which consists of 50 questions and has a 12-minute time limit.

This test requires candidates to have strong analytic skills, quick response times, and good decision-making abilities—all qualities that should be possessed by successful football players.

Interested to know how you'd score on the Wonderlic Test? Try our free Wonderlic sample test to see how you rank!


What is the NFL Regional Combine?

In 2012, the NFL launched the NFL Regional Combine to supplement the regular NFL Scouting Combine. The Combine provides players with the opportunity to demonstrate their professional capability, so that no valuable player goes unnoticed.

The NFL Regional Combine is held specifically for players not participating in the NFL Scouting Combine, but who are eligible for the NFL draft and free agents. Players must be eligible for the NFL draft, meet NFL eligibility rules, and play at a very high level to participate in the Regional Combine.

Players at the Regional Combine are reviewed and tested by NFL scouts. Their measurements and Combine results are entered into a database which all 32 NFL teams may access. 


Prepare for the NFL Scouting Combine with JobTestPrep

Although we can’t assist you with the technical skills required in football, we can prepare you for the assessments and steps you’ll encounter off the field. For example, the Wonderlic test is used at the NFL Combine to help match a player’s ability with the proper training methods. A player who scores well has a greater his ability to comprehend and cope with unexpected moves, and make wise and quick decisions during a game.

Furthermore, our PrepPacks™ can help you ace interviews, pass assessment tests, and sharpen your decision-making and cognitive ability skills. Our practice tests, study guides, test information, and more will help you thoroughly prepare for each step of the “off the field” recruitment process. Start preparing today to ensure success!