Some pre-combine scouting

BRADENTON, Fla. -- I’m going to get a little preview of the scouting combine Tuesday. I’m down at IMG Football Academy, where I’ll soon be heading out to the practice field to watch some of the draft prospects working out.

I’ll be out of pocket for a bit because I’ll be interviewing IMG Football Academy director Chris Weinke, the former quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, and some of the players for several stories over the coming days. While I’m out of pocket, keep an eye on the headlines section of our main NFL page for any news on the NFC South. Weinke obviously is doing some good things here -- he worked with Carolina’s Cam Newton and Minnesota’s Christian Ponder last winter and spring.

I’ll check back in this afternoon, but right now I’m looking forward to seeing how these players are going about getting ready for the combine, an event where their performance could have a big impact on the rest of their lives. I was down here last summer when the rookie symposium and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' minicamp were held here during the lockout and the facility is quite impressive.

In addition to the on-field work, the combine-preparation program also focuses on physical conditioning, speed and movement, nutrition, vision training and mental conditioning.

Here’s a list at some of the draft prospects who have been taking part in the program along with their college and positions: