NFL Scouting Combine kicks off this week

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Now that the NFL season has wrapped up, football fans can turn their attention squarely to the 2012 NFL Draft, which is a little more than two months away. One of the biggest events on the "Path to the Draft" in the NFL scouting combine, which opens this week in Indianapolis.

***Follow all the former Badgers at UWBadgers.com's 2012 NFL Scouting Combine page***

This year a school-record eight former Badgers were invited to the combine, the second-highest total of any school in the country. The players invited were:

* FB Bradie Ewing
* CB Antonio Fenelus
* C Peter Konz
* P Brad Nortman
* OL Josh Oglesby
* WR Nick Toon
* QB Russell Wilson
* OL Kevin Zeitler

Last year, DE J.J. Watt wowed the scouts with his performance at the combine, working himself up to the No. 11 pick in the draft. QB Scott Tolzien also helped himself, making a good impression during drills and as a "throwing" quarterback while the other skill position players worked out, eventually landing a free agent deal and spending the season with the San Francisco 49ers.

Once again, NFL Network will have extensive coverage of the combine from Lucas Oil Stadium. Perhaps the Badgers will benefit from their familiarity with the field, having beaten Michigan State, 42-39, in the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship game on Dec. 3 in that venue.

The complete combine schedule is below, along with the NFL Network's coverage.

PLAYERS' SCHEDULES
Groups 1, 2, 3 (K, ST, OL, TE)

Badgers: Konz, Nortman, Zeitler, Oglesby
Feb. 22        Arrive in Indy/Registration/Orientation/Interviews
Feb. 23        Measurements/Medical Examinations/Media/Psychological testing/Interviews
Feb. 24        NFLPA meeting/Psychological testing/Interviews
Feb. 25        Workouts

Groups 4, 5, 6 (QB, WR, RB)
Badgers: Ewing, Toon, Wilson
Feb. 23        Arrive in Indy/Registration/Orientation/Interviews
Feb. 24        Measurements/Medical Examinations/Media/Psychological testing/Interviews
Feb. 25        NFLPA meeting/Psychological testing/Interviews
Feb. 26        Workouts

Groups 10, 11 (DB)
Badgers: Fenelus
Feb. 25        Arrive in Indy/Registration/Orientation/Interviews
Feb. 26        Measurements/Medical Examinations/Media/Psychological testing/Interviews
Feb. 27        NFLPA meeting/Psychological testing/Interviews
Feb. 28        Workouts

NFL NETWORK SCHEDULE
Feb. 25        8 a.m.-6 p.m.    K, OL, TE workouts
Feb. 26        8 a.m.-6 p.m.    RB, QB, WR workouts
Feb. 27        8 a.m.-6 p.m.    LB, DL workouts
Feb. 28        8 a.m.-6 p.m.    DB workouts
Feb. 29        7 p.m.              NFL Scouting Combine Wrap-up Show

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