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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Lee Ziemba eyes crucial job interview at NFL Scouting Combine

The NFL Combine starts today in Indianapolis. I caught up with Lee Ziemba, who is one of five former Auburn Tigers who will participate. Here's how today's story starts:
AUBURN, Ala. -- The poking, prodding and endless questions that potential NFL players must endure is nothing new for Lee Ziemba. The former Auburn offensive tackle went through the circus at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., last month.

He will face Round 2 this week at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in what is essentially the most important job interview of his life.

“I’ve always been told it’s a very strenuous three days and that it really wears you out,” he said. “But I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get to the next level.”

Ziemba is one of five former Auburn players who will participate in the combine, joining quarterback Cam Newton, defensive tackle Nick Fairley, wide receiver Darvin Adams and running back Mario Fannin.

The weeklong event, which runs from today until March 1 at Lucas Oil Stadium, will feature more than 300 prospects put through a ringer of drills and interviews by scouts, coaches and general managers from every team in the NFL.
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I'll try to keep up with the combine happenings from afar. Here's a link to the NFL's official site, where combine times and workout figures are posted.

Here's the different arrival dates for the players positions, with their interview and workout schedules:
  • Wednesday - Group 1, (PK, ST, OL), Group 2 (OL), Group 3 (TE). Media interviews are Thursday, on-field drills are on Saturday.
  • Thursday - Group 4 (QB, WR), Group 5 (QB, WR), Group 6 (RB). Media interviews are on Friday, on-field drills are on Sunday.
  • Friday – Group 7 (DL), Group 8 (DL), Group 9 (LB). Media interviews are on Saturday, on-field drills are on Monday.
  • Saturday - Group 10 (DB), Group 11 (DB). Media interviews are on Sunday, on-field drills are on Tuesday.

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