Schulman said most large sports agencies view the expenditures as an investment and do not bill players for those costs. However, players sign a pre-draft agreement that stipulates they will be responsible for the cost if they fire the agent.
This year, the Athletes First training program is being overseen in Orange County by Ryan Capretta, who has worked with numerous NFL players at his Westlake Village-based Proactive Sports Performance facility.
Capretta said he can't wait for the combine, where players will perform the 40-yard dash, bench-press 225 pounds and go through shuttle and jumping tests. "When a guy crushes it and you see where he started, that's what gives you satisfaction," he said.
On Monday, the players were in a tapering mode as they prepared to depart for Indianapolis over the next few days.
The day began at Irvine, where players arrived in groups of four for stretching and bench-press work.
Capretta instructed players to use the warmup as a dry run for what they will encounter at the combine.
Former Alabama defensive back Ha'Sean "Ha Ha" Clinton-Dix jogged, performed pushups, worked on an elliptical machine and completed a series of stretching exercises with a small ball and roller before he moved to the bench press. Former USC safety Dion Bailey and others gathered around to watch and motivate him.
"Here you go," Capretta said, as Clinton-Dix began a series of reps with another trainer spotting him.
"There you go, there you go!" Capretta barked excitedly as Clinton-Dix moved into double digits.
"One more!" Bailey yelled with each rep. "One more!"
The players rotated through, first defensive backs and then linemen and tight ends, each doing an individualized workout.
It's a departure from the team-training mentality most players experience in college.
"None of us knows what team we're going to be on," said Brock Vereen, a defensive back from Valencia who played at Minnesota, "so right now you can only work for yourself and focus on yourself."
That requires an adjustment, said Clinton-Dix, a member of national championship teams at Alabama.
"Coming from 'Bama, it's kind of hard to transfer over to now you have to worry about you, at what you can get better at," he said. "But it's working out pretty well."
Bailey said the physical training was a departure from college, where "they just try to get you to work through everything to prove you're mentally tough.
"It's exciting to be treated like a grown man," he said, "not like a kid anymore."
Along with mock interviews, Schulman said players are provided with a binder that includes biographical information about the NFL executives they will meet.
"The biggest thing they want is just to prepare you for the odd questions you weren't expecting," said Ryan Groy, an offensive lineman from Wisconsin. "They're going to throw you off, ask you what your favorite play is and then random stuff."
Lee, projected as a first-round draft pick, is scheduled to depart for Indianapolis on Wednesday.
After nearly two months of training, he is confident he is prepared for the medical exams, the interviews and all of the tests.
"All I've got to really do is be myself," he said. "Nothing crazy.
"I'm going to get it done like I'm supposed to."