Darron’s Path to the Draft: Preparing for the NFL combine

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Former Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee and his mother Candice made a tough choice to forgo his final year at OSU and instead train to enter the NFL draft.

NBC4 is following Darron’s path to the draft, and Candice went with him to Phoenix as he trains for the upcoming NFL combine.

He told Candice he is eating up to 5,000 calories a day to keep his body energized.

Darron also said it is a big change from his days at Ohio State.

“At Ohio State, it was obviously more team building,” he said. “These guys I’m training with now, I’m probably not going to see them after I get drafted. At Ohio State it was more rigorous. I was up a lot earlier. It was harder at Ohio State for sure.”

Perhaps the single most watched combine event is the 40-yard dash. To football fans, a fast time is the mark of an excellent player.

Performance specialist Nick Winkleman says there are a bunch of elements coaches look at during the 40. The most critical are the start, acceleration, and top end speed to finish the race.

Winkleman says a player can lose the race in the start, but win it in the finish.

The players spent some time working on that on Wednesday, positioning their hands and getting that start stance right..

It’s a race that’s not only physical, but mental as well.

“They think they are racing someone else,” he said. “But really if you watch it closely, right around 30 yards in my opinion is where you can see how well trained they are.”

Candice will be in Arizona the rest of the week, and will have more on Darron’s journey this Friday.

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