DENVER (CBS4) – The NFL combine kicks off later this week. Every year promising young football players come to Denver to get tips from a specific trainer. He tells them all they need to know to audition for the pros.
Lauren Landow has been training a group of players for the last two months. The 30 college football players come from all over the country. They hope to learn the secrets to a good NFL workout.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all of us. I think all of us need to really take this seriously and try to get some work done and try to get better,” former University of Colorado linebacker Josh Hartigan said.
Most of the players won’t get drafted, but if they can impress the scouts with a blistering 40-yard dash or a lightning-quick first step, they might be able to make the jump to the next level.
“The biggest thing for me, I think, is my 40. I’ve done a good job of getting that 40 down with the techniques (Landow) has,” former UCLA receiver Taylor Embree said.
Watch CBS4′s Vic Lombardi give the players his version of the Wonderlic test in the video below:
Landow runs his athletes through all the drills they will see at a typical pro scouting day.
“The amount of rest that we’ll get, the warm up routine, all that stuff. You’ve got to practice,” former CU quarterback Tyler Hansen said. “On Pro Day it’s the real thing. There’s no faking it.”
They have to ready themselves physically and mentally.