Many players enter the NFL Draft, but not all get invited to the NFL Combine; Jamaal Williams will be doing both in 2017. The combine is in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 28-March 6. Jamaal will have a busy off-season with the Senior Bowl, NFL Combine and almost certainly a pro day as well.
Essentially the combine is a job interview for several days, with the position being the NFL. However, it’s almost a sure thing that every player invited to the combine will get drafted, so it becomes a battle for how high you’re able to get drafted. The money that is on the line is quite substantial as the draft goes on.
Ben Criddle of ESPN960 broke the news earlier today.
"Jamaal Williams has been invited to the NFL Combine" @criddler21— ESPN960Sports (@espn960sports) January 4, 2017
The NFL Combine has several tests both on and off the gridiron. Players will run a 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 3 cone drill and shuttle run. Jamaal will take part in additional drills for running backs and some off the field tests as well. The Wonderlic is the one that you’ll hear referenced several times on draft day and that takes place and the combine as well.
Most have the former BYU star projected as a second-round pick, but others have him going as late as the fourth. This gives him a big opportunity to improve his draft stock.
Jamaal came back strong after a year off, finishing with over 1,000 yards for the second time in his career at BYU. Everyone recognizes his power, balance and ball control, but there are also negatives like his knee injury, the off the field issues and pass blocking that will likely be looked at carefully at scouts and coaches at the combine.
Congratulations to Jamaal on receiving this offer to showcase his skills among the world’s best.