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One of the most important events surrounding the NFL Draft is drawing near. Find the schedule, including when local invitees will be in action, here.
The NFL Combine is scheduled to run from Saturday, Feb. 23 through Tuesday, Feb. 26, and it will give players from both Arizona and Arizona State the opportunity to raise their stocks ahead of April's NFL Draft. Three Sun Devils will be at the event, while quarterback Matt Scott will be the lone Wildcat, according the NFL.com. A representative from one of the Arizona schools will participate on each day of the combine.
Scott will have his chance to impress on Sunday, Feb. 24 when the quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers will be on display. Scott has a shot at being drafted in the later rounds, and showing off his speed and accuracy at the combine will be crucial in determining if he is selected.
ASU linebacker Brandon Magee gets his shot on Monday, Feb. 25 when front-seven prospects are paraded out in front of NFL scouts. Magee is graded a 64.2 (out of 100) on the NFL's official combine page. That puts him as the 21st-rated linebacker in the 2013 draft class.
Magee's defensive mate, strong safety Keelan Johnson, will participate with the rest of the defensive backs on the last day of the combine. Johnson has a tough hill to climb, as he is the lowest-rated safety at the event. That also means this is a big opportunity to open some NFL eyes, as he only has one direction to go.
Even kickers are measured at the NFL combine, and ASU's Josh Hubner will take his place with tight ends, offensive lineman and special teams on the first day of action. Hubner has not received a grade from the NFL.
Each of the players from Arizona and Arizona State will likely need a strong performance to get themselves into the draft conversation. Getting invited to the combine is certainly an honor, but now they have to prove they belong.
Saturday, Feb. 23: Tight ends, offensive linemen, special teams
Sunday, Feb. 24: Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers
Monday, Feb. 25: Defensive linemen, linebackers
Tuesday, Feb. 26: Defensive backs