Less than a month after 7,300 fans plunked down $25 each to mill about the upper reaches of Lucas Oil Stadium during the annual Media Day festivities, a much smaller group will be allowed to witness in person the underwear Olympics more commonly known as the Scouting Combine.
According to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star, applications can be submitted at 1iota.com. The process includes an explanation of why the person should be picked (a 350-word maximum) and the attachment of a photo.
Why is a photo needed? Because they’ll want to be sure that the person who applies for admission and the person who shows up for the event is the same person. (It’s yet another potential scam opportunity for any identical twins in the crowd.)
And it’s the latest evidence of the growth in popularity of the annual pre-draft event, which features guys running in a straight line and jumping straight up and doing all sorts of things that they’ll rarely do on a football field — especially since they don’t wear pads.
I’ll have plenty of time to point out over the next week that there’s no real correlation between the Scouting Combine and football, that the measurements often are used not to select or weed out prospects but to justify interest or lack thereof in a given player, and that the only way to ever know whether a guy who played college football at a high level can survive and/or thrive in the NFL is to put him on a field with other NFL players and see what he does, or he doesn’t.
What’s that? I shouldn’t pull the sheet back because PFT benefits from the traffic generated by the cottage industry spawned by the draft process? We’ll still pay attention to it, but I’ll always share with the audience my confusion regarding the disconnect between the fact that there’s an obsession with 300 or so players from February through late April and the reality that, after the draft, we only continue to pay close attention to a handful of them, at most.