American Football Training: Combine Drills

American Football Training: Combine Drills 

American Football Combine Drills

American Football combine drills is where football players can showcase his athletic ability and physicality in front of scouts, recruiters, and coaches. Coaches measure athletes as they partake in drills such as the 40-yard dash, 5-10-5 pro agility, 3 cone drill, broad jump, vertical jump, and bench press. Combine drills are critical for athletes and they need to perform well in front of the coaches in order to improve their stock. On the other hand, for those who don’t train for the combine and under perform can ruin their chances of making it to the next level.

American Football Combine Drills

At Gridiron Elite Training, we’re here to help you master the combine and reach your goals of playing at the next level. For the six combine drills, I have shared a little bit about what each drill entails.

American Football Combine Drills 

40-Yard Dash

The 40-Yard Dash is a sprint covering 40 yards. The purpose of testing the 40-Yard Dash is to gauge the speed and acceleration of athletes by scouts. Additionally for high school football recruits. A player’s recorded time will have a significant impact on his game in a football game. This was historically solely true for the “skill” positions like halfbacks, wide receivers, and defensive backs. Today, a quick 40-Yard Dash time is necessary for nearly every position.

How to Perform

The 40-yard dash is the most important test at the combine. No matter what position you play, coaches will rate you based off your 40-yard dash time. The 40-yard dash is all about speed, an explosive start, and technique.  

5-10-5 Shuttle Run

The 5-10-5 Agility Shuttle Test, additionally merely referred to as the 20 Yard Short Shuttle. The purpose of testing the Pro Agility Test is to gauge the quickness and change-of-direction ability of players by scouts. Additionally for high school football recruits. 

How to Perform

The 5-10-5 shuttle run drill is a cone drill that tests the athlete’s lateral quickness and lateral explosiveness in short-tight areas. You begin the drill in a three-point stance. Once you’re ready, explode into a lateral run to the first cone (you MUST touch the line). Turn and sprint to the cone 10 yards away in the opposite direction to touch the line. Turn and finish through the remaining 5 yards. 

3 Cone Drill

The 3-Cone Drill, additionally merely referred to as the L Drill. The purpose of testing the 3 Cone Drill is to gauge the quickness and change-of-direction ability of players by scouts. Additionally for high school football recruits. 

How to Perform

The 3-cone drill is another cone drill that tests the athlete's ability to quickly change directions while keeping their top speed. The drill is set up with three cones shaped like an L. You start in a three-point stance behind the first cone. Once you’re ready, explode out to the first cone (5 yards away) touch and turn back to touch the starting cone. Then turn and sprint around the second cone, weaving around the last cone. Sprint around the second cone and sprint through the starting cone to finish the drill. 

Broad Jump

The Broad Jump is the act of raising one’s center of mass higher and farther in an attempt to explode and jump as far as possible from a stand-still position.  The purpose of testing the Broad Jump to measure and compare a football player's speed, strength, and power.

How to Perform

The broad jump is an important combine drill to test your horizontal lower-body explosive power and strength. You begin in a standstill position on the line. Explode out as far as you can without falling or moving on your landing. 

Vertical Jump

The Vertical Jump test is the act of raising one’s center of mass in an attempt to explode and jump as far as possible from a stand-still position.  It’s a measure of how high a football player will elevate off the bottom (jump) from a stand-still position. The purpose of testing the Vertical Jump to assess muscular strength and anaerobic power in athletes.

How to Perform

The vertical jump another important combine drill that tests your vertical lower-body explosive power and strength. You begin in a standstill position and explode up as high as you can.

Bench Press

How to Perform

The bench press is the only combine drill out of the 6 that tests your upper body strength and endurance. Every athlete reps 225 pounds as many times as they can.

American Football Combine Drills

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