Day 2 of the NFL combine underway

Day 2 of the NFL combine underway
February 22, 2013, 10:45 am
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- Day 2 of the NFL combine is underway, a little earlier than yesterday's event open.

Though coaches and general managers aren't expected to take the podiums until 10 AM, a few players have already rolled in to meet with reporters. Friday is for wide receivers, running backs, and quarterbacks.

Here are a few key suits scheduled to speak:

10:45 AM - Denver Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway. It's Elway; he talks football, people listen.

Noon - Atlanta Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff. A Patriots connection. You'll remember Dimitroff was a national scout for New England in 2002 and the Director of College Scouting from 2003-2007. Perfect guy to hear from in this setting.

12:15 - New York GIants Head Coach Tom Coughlin. It's not crazy to imagine this could be the 66-year old's last season. Even more urgency is placed on the team considering how the Super Bowl XLVI champions missed the playoffs the following year.

12:30 - Buffalo Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone. The former Syracuse coach has vaulted to the NFL. We'll see what his plans are for closing the AFC East's gap between New England and... everyone else. Hey, they have a Top 10 pick this year.

1:15 PM - Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano. 2012 was one hell of a year for Indy. Bill Polian was fired. Jim Caldwell was fired and Pagano was hired to replace him. Pagano missed Weeks 5-16 to undergo treatment for leukemia. A rookie quarterback stepped into Peyton Manning's shadow. Yet the Colts went 11-5 and made it to a Wild-Card game. Stability should make this year even better.

2:30 PM - San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh. When is a Harbaugh not entertaining? And last season's Super Bowl loss to Baltimore isn't even three weeks old.

3:15 PM - Dr. Stanley Herring and Dr. Margot Putukian - Members of the NFL Head, Neck, & Spine Committee. The need to discuss concussions and brain trauma exists in all sports. Junior Seau's tragic suicide and the finding of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative disease linked to head trauma, in his brain has put a glaring spotlight on the NFL in particular.