Smell that? That’s the delicious aroma of speed, sweat and turf. Yeah, it’s the NFL Combine, and it’s rapidly approaching. And although the pre-eminent event for NFL hopefuls to showcase their stuff is now front and center for you to watch on NFL Network, what you don’t get to see is all the work the guys put in at training facilities around the country before the big show in Indianapolis.
We’ve put together 13 of the Twitter accounts you need to follow if you want insight into how guys train, the people and facilities that train them, and the analysts who tell you what it all means. You’ll be an NFL Combine expert in no time.
A speed and strength coach at world-renowned workout facility EXOS, Callaway is right in the thick of things when it comes to NFL Combine training. He’s already put in work with guys like TCU cornerback Kevin White Jr., Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and Boise State running back Jay Ajayi, and he’s been tweeting out photos of the work they have already put in. If you want an inside look at how some of the top prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft are preparing, Callaway’s Twitter account is a must follow.
He’s a youngster, but don’t let that sway you. The University of Akron student runs draftbrowns.com, a site dedicated to coverage of each year’s crop of NFL prospects. Leister’s Twitter account is full of analysis and film breakdown that gives you an in-depth look at how the game is played. He also live tweets during college football games, keying on how key prospects are playing.
This Miami, Florida workout facility boasts some of the biggest names in sports on its client list and hosts some of the top NFL prospects as they prepare for the NFL Combine. Whether its tweeting out pictures of some of the intense workouts their players are putting in or just keeping you updated on what their clients are doing in college and beyond, Bommaritos gives you an insight into the intense training world of professional and amateur athletes.
Another integral part of the EXOS Performance team, Winkelman has his training fingerprints all over some of the top NFL prospects. His Twitter is full of workout advice and updates on training sessions with prospects.
You may know him as Mel Kiper Jr.’s mini-me in ESPN’s draft coverage, but McShay more than holds his own in the NFL Combine/Draft world. His insights on Twitter range from the top 10 picks in the draft to guys going in the seventh round. He’s also been known to live tweet big college football games, which is worth the follow alone.
A former NFL player and scout for the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles, the current ESPN analyst’s Twitter skews more toward NFL personnel, though his insights on player personalities and team fit give his audience a behind-the-scenes look at what NFL scouts look for in prospects besides pure talent.
A former VP of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys, Brandt now works for nfl.com as a senior analyst. While he’ll mix in the occasional NFL chatter, his observations and critiques of the college elite give you a glimpse into what NFL front offices are looking for.
Mel Kiper Jr.
What NFL Combine list would be complete without the man, the myth, the legend: Mel Kiper Jr.? Tweeting out mock drafts galore, Kiper will keep you updated on where the prospects you’ve been watching will land, and why their draft stock keeps rising or falling. Plus, he’s got incredible hair.
A sports performance coach who runs his own facility in Atlanta, Smith’s résumé boasts over 1,500 NFL players and 30 NFL 1st round picks, including Colin Kaepernick, Brian Urlacher and Champ Bailey.
The official Twitter account of EXOS, a training facilitiy with spots in Phoenix, LA and Texas. You’ll want to come here to get exclusive looks at the training not only of prospects preparing for the Combine but also current NFL stars prepping for the regular season. With guys like Brett Hundley, Melvin Gordon and Danny Shelton already in the fold, EXOS is a must follow if you want to see how the biggest names in college football are getting ready for the one of the biggest tests of their lives.
A sports performance coach based in sunny Tampa, Riley has a Twitter account full of workouts he prescribes to his NFL prospects as well as motivational quotes to get you to do them as well.
With facilities in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Athletic Gaines attracts some of the best NFL prospects, then gives you a look at the work they put in via Twitter.
Based in Bradenton, Florida, IMG academy has a Twitter account that informs you about what goes on for NFL hopefuls besides the workouts, such as former Heisman winner Chris Weinke schooling kids on what it takes to make, and be successful, in the NFL.