(Updated from a previous post)
If you are true to the saying ‘Hard Work Pays Off’ then you will be rewarded. For several Oregon players it came in the way of being invited to what is becoming one of the more popular events before the Draft, the NFL Combine.
October 27, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks defensive end Dion Jordan (96) lines up in the second quarter against the Colorado Buffaloes at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports
Linebacker Kiko Alonso, Safety John Boyett, and Defensive End Dion Jordan will be joined by Running Back Kenjon Barner and Offensive Lineman Kyle Long. The NFL Combine, which puts players through numerous tests of strength and endurance, as well as interviews with NFL personnel, is from February 20th-26th at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Home of the Indianapolis Colts.
According to the schedule, upon arrival each athlete will undergo xrays and a medical exam and psychological testing before several days worth of interviews and finally an on the field ‘exam’ on their final day.
"“I’ve watched the combine for years dreaming of the opportunity to participate in it. It’s coming up and it’s my turn! #blessed“"
Offensive Lineman Kyle Long via Twitter
Long, who suffered from chemical dependency before transferring to Oregon was denied a 5th year of eleigibility by the NCAA, so for him to be going to the combine is a perfect opportunity for him to increase his draft stock.
The way the schedule is mapped out, in some senses you have to be a rocket scientist to figure out who goes first at what…and on what day. It just so happens that Long will be in group that arrives first, his on field workouts will be on February 23rd.
Running Back Kenjon Barner will have his run at the NFL Combine on Sunday, February 24th. Dion Jordan and Kiko Alonso,on Monday, February 25th.
Many remember John Boyette for having ended his senior season before it began, needed to have multiple surgeries with his knees. During the final game this past season, he participated in Senior Day festivities at Autzen Stadium and at first sight seemed to be walking without a limp. It is not clear how much Boyette will participate in the NFL Combine events.
Oregon’s Pro Day for players not invited to the Combine is March 14th.
The NFL Combine will be broadcast on NFL Network.
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Justin Phillips is Sports Reporter for Newsradio 1120 KPNW in Eugene, Oregon