Day in the Life: Behind the scenes at the NFL Scouting Combine

A game of musical chairs

Monday marked the first day of weigh-ins at Lucas Oil Stadium. An open area of the concrete underbelly of Lucas Oil Stadium just a short walk from the tunnel that leads to the field is transformed with a stage and eight sections of seating. Gates opened at 6 AM with the weigh-ins for the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends kicking off at 7 AM on Monday. DiValerio and Soliman and two other members of the scouting staff were there when the gates opened to secure two full rows of seats so all of the Eagles’ personnel can sit together. Once the seats are saved on Monday, teams typically stay in the same place for the rest of the week. In fact, it’s known that certain teams sit in the same area year after year. The early report time means that breakfast will be whatever is offered in the weigh-in area – typically bagels, donuts, and the like.

During the weigh-ins, DiValerio and Soliman record all of the measurements for each prospect – height, weight, hand size, arm length, and wingspan. Casey Weidl will input the numbers into the team’s database. DiValerio and Soliman ensure that those numbers are correct. The weigh-ins also provide an opportunity to look at each player’s body type and compare it against the rest of the prospects.

DiValerio grew up in Aston, Pennsylvania and always knew that he wanted to…

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