Virginia Mason Athletic Center will be the home to more than 250 NFL hopefuls this weekend when a Regional Combine is conducted at the home of the Seahawks.
The positional players will work out on Saturday, the kickers and punters on Sunday.
NFL Regional Combines already have been held in Hawaii, Los Angeles, Houston, Cleveland, New Jersey, Tampa, Chicago and Atlanta, and Baltimore also will host one this weekend.
The regional concept was launched last year to supplement the league’s Scouting Combine for draft-eligible college players that is held in Indianapolis each February. Those participating in the regional events pay a fee ($190 for positional players; $250 for kicker and punters) to go through the same tests that are used at the Scouting Combine – including the 40-yard dash, vertical and board jumps and position drills.
“The NFL Regional Combine program provides players – who may not have had the chance before – the opportunity to work out for NFL personnel executive,” said Ray Anderson, NFL executive vice president of football operations. “It allows all 32 clubs a chance to further evaluate future prospects.”
By the end of last season, 14 of the Regional Combine participants were on 53-man rosters in the league – including Rams kicker Greg Zuerlien and punter Johnny Hekker – and 14 more were on NFL practice squads.
“The event made me more aware of the competitive nature of getting into the league,” Hekker told nflregionalcombines.com. “It lit a fire under me and motivated me to work harder and improve.”