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NFL touts Regional Combines by pointing to past participants with roster spots

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The NFL has created its own version of American Idol, but the contestants show up with something more than their cleats.

For payment of $275, anyone can try out for the NFL.  The league admitted that it will consider anyone at least three years removed from high school in response to the publicity stunt launched by Lauren Silbermann, a would-be kicker who had never kicked a football in a competitive setting.

Now, the NFL is touting the results of the Regional Combines by pointing out via press release that 29 players who participated in the Regional Combine and/or the Super Regional Combine (apparently, it can fly) were on NFL rosters to start the 2013 season.

(Only 10 were on active rosters.  Another 14 were on practice squads, and five were on the injured reserve list.)

It’s a great supplement to the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, since the scouts who work for the Scouting Combine usually aren’t quite good enough to scout for NFL teams, or they would be.  As a result, the Scouting Combine often overlooks players who are good enough to play in the NFL.

But why prop up the Regional/Super Regional Combine process by pointing out how many have made it up (or down) the funnel and landed on NFL rosters?  Proclaiming the existence of a semi-plausible path to the NFL will encourage even more folks who are either delusional or looking for free publicity (or both) to pay the $275 and show up.

And to the folks who are either delusional or looking for free publicity, registration for next year’s Regional Combines opens soon.

So to all the folks with a fantasy of being on someone’s fantasy football roster, all you need to do is train, say your prayers, take your vitamins, and come up with $275.

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13 Responses to “NFL touts Regional Combines by pointing to past participants with roster spots”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 10, 2013 11:38 AM

    Still waiting for the GM Camp Tryouts. You can have my house as collateral, just give me the test.

  2. thebirdofprey2 says: Oct 10, 2013 11:43 AM

    John Schneider is still turning over every rock like they did when they were rebuilding. They found Benson Wayowa at a regional combine. I know his regular season stats don’t show much of anything because he is sitting behind some serious pass rushers but he was lights out in pre-season and they have dropped 4th-7th round draft this year, veterans and he has an active roster spot for Seattle.

  3. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Oct 10, 2013 12:28 PM

    I think they will overvalue a lot more players this way, great idea NFL…..

  4. bigjdeezy says: Oct 10, 2013 12:49 PM

    I’ve played semi-pro football for many years and I know tons what guys that have gone to this regional combine. Few have made NFL rosters most getting cut but the chance to even make th practice squad is to great to pass up. So if you want a shot at the pros to find a semi-pro team and get in shape
    They invite curtain players to compete at the combine free of charge these are usally the ones that get invited to camps

  5. ccjcsr says: Oct 10, 2013 1:05 PM

    I’m in training as we speak…..

  6. 2dimesandanickelback says: Oct 10, 2013 1:15 PM

    It’s not free publicity if it costs $275

  7. benacci says: Oct 10, 2013 1:42 PM

    Got to love the potential Vince Papale storyline!
    I think $275.00 is reasonable, you can pay that much just to go see a game let alone tryout..

  8. dolfan13 says: Oct 10, 2013 1:50 PM

    Mark Wahlberg sequel in the making.

  9. determineflksmakeit says: Oct 10, 2013 1:51 PM

    If it is your fantasy/dream then chase it. I know a lot of fantasies that cost more the $275 to chase. My fantasy of a wild Vegas night always costs more than $700 (including flight) every time I try to live it.

  10. granadafan says: Oct 10, 2013 2:15 PM

    I’m picturing thousands of fat and out of shape guys shelling out $275 for the chance to go through workouts like a “fantasy” combine just like the Mark Wahlburg movie. Dudes in capes huffing and puffing as they run the 40 in 6 seconds or moving the blocking sled a couple inches.

    The NFL would never turn anyone away from the “eyeball test”. Money is money and the NFL greed knows no limits.

  11. rcali says: Oct 10, 2013 3:52 PM

    Hard Knocks, you have ur new stars!

  12. grabgrabgrab says: Oct 10, 2013 5:33 PM

    So you’re saying there’s a chance…

  13. irishpride843 says: Oct 13, 2013 6:42 PM

    If there is a will, there is a way.

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