The NFL's main combine is a circus of scouts, front office personnel and media, it tests athletes' measurables in various categories. That circus is only exposed to a small number of potentially top-draft picks at that event, usually held in Indianapolis. To open up avenues of greater exposure, the NFL has been holding regional combines around the country, with the best performers offered invitations to a "super-regional" combine.
Hundreds of players from various backgrounds participate in the regional events. As many as 275 worked out at the Seattle regional combine, for example, including at least one former Harlem Globetrotter. Only around 200 are invited to the Dallas event, however, where all 32 teams are expected to be in attendance.
One of those invited will be a Wide Receiver from Villanova. Kenny Miles might not have been as high-profile as Norman White was at Villanova, but the graduating senior will be on the field at the Cowboys' facility on April 7, after impressing scouts.
In 2012, more than a quarter of the players invited to the Super Regional combine (87 to be exact) eventually went on to earn NFL contracts. Four of those players were drafted in the sixth round.
For Miles, a ticket to the NFL would be the culmination of a lot of hard work. He was a three-year letterwinner in football at Buena High, earning All-South Jersey and All-State honors along with a littany of other achievements. He ran great routes for Villanova and earned himself an almost-immediate spot in the wide receiver rotation, playing in 12 games as a freshman, and in every game as a sophomore. He was limited as a senior, however, after suffering a foot injury early in the 2012 season.
The Super Regional Combine will be covered by NFL.com and by the NFL Network.