Many high school athletes want the opportunity to compete at the college level. Then many college athletes want to make it to the professional level. It takes a lot of dedication, discipline, and drives to get to that level. Four Gopher football players have worked super hard to get the opportunity to strut their stuff on one of the biggest stages there is. I'm talking about the NFL Combine in Indianapolis!

According to Bring Me the News, Linebacker Carter Coughlin, Kamal Martin, Wide Receiver Tyler Johnson, and Saftey Antoine Winfield Jr are heading to the big stage February 24th through March 3rd. Only 337 individuals were invited to compete so this is a big deal.

This group of Gophers has a strong connection to Minnesota. All four of them played high school football in Minnesota at some point in their high school career. Coughlin was a pass rusher at Eden Prairie before joining the Gophers. Martin called the shots at Burnsville as their Quarterback. Johnson also played Quarterback at Minneapolis North. Winfield Jr. started his career at Eden Prairie before moving to Texas. So... these four athletes do have strong connections to Minnesota.

At the event, NFL scouts will evaluate each player based on six different drills prior to the NFL draft happening on April 23rd to April 25th, according to the NFL website. These events help coaches evaluate strength, speed, explosiveness, power, power potential, and agility. They will each do the following drills:

  • Bench Press
  • Vertical Jump
  • Broad Jump
  • 3 Cone Drill
  • Shuttle Run

We wish them all luck as they try to make their dreams of becoming professional athletes a reality.

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