NFL Combine 2023: Jacksonville Jaguars HC Doug Pederson and Trent Baalke will speak on Tuesday

Jacksonville Jaguars GM Trent Baalke and HC Doug Pederson at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville Knight Campus. (Imagn Images photo pool)
Jacksonville Jaguars GM Trent Baalke and HC Doug Pederson at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville Knight Campus. (Imagn Images photo pool) /

The Jacksonville Jaguars will check off another box on their offseason to-do list when they attend the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine to evaluate potential draft prospects. Here’s everything you need to know for the week-long event including dates and when general manager Trent Baalke and head coach Doug Pederson will meet with the media.

Despite the fact that coaches are beginning to opt out of the combine, both Pederson and Baalke will meet with the media to discuss strategy and other subjects on Tuesday, February 28 at 12:30 a.m. ET and 1:00 p.m., respectively.

In the scouting combine, prospects will undergo medical tests and meet with teams as part of the draft process. Also known as the Underwear Olympics, it also gives clubs and executives the chance to meet with players’ agents ahead of free agency but the main objective is to watch players perform a series of tests, including the 40-yard dash, the 3-cone drill, the bench press, the vertical jump, and the broad jump.

Although cornerback and pass rusher are the Jaguars’ top needs in the draft, Baalke and Pederson will check every position. Many of the prospects that attend the combine are trying to increase their draft stock. Many of these prospects will go in the later rounds of the selection meeting and a good portion of them won’t get their name called, so they’ll try to do what they can to stand out.

2023 NFL Scouting Combine, Jacksonville Jaguars dates, schedule

There will be live coverage of the scouting combine on NFL Network and NFL+ all week long. Here’s the TV schedule for each position.

March 2 – Defensive linemen and linebackers (3 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

March 3 – Defensive backs (safeties & cornerbacks), kickers, and specialists (3 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

March 4 – Quarterbacks, wide receivers, tight ends (1 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

March 5 – Offensive line, running backs (1 p.m. to 7 p.m.)

And here’s a calendar of all the activities each position will go through:

As you can see, every prospect will go through the registration, pre-exams, orientation, team interviews, a general medical exam, pre-order studies, media interviews, a meeting with the NFLPA, measurements, and on-field workouts. Then again, players projected to go early in the draft will skip the on-field workouts, as they don’t have much to gain and avoid running the risk of getting hurt while doing workouts.

The Jacksonville Jaguars won’t have much cap space to sign free agents this offseason, so they need to hit on as many draft picks as possible. Even though the scouting combine is just one part of the evaluation process, it’s an important one.

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