Will Scouting Combine move from Indy?

AP

As the NFL keeps trying to push its offseason tent poles higher and higher, it feels like it’s just a matter of time before the NFL treats the Scouting Combine like the draft and farms it out to the highest bidder, on an annual basis.

With the draft now a smashing success as a road show, will the Scouting Combine soon follow?

As explained by Mike Chappell of FOX59.com, the Indianapolis fixture will remain in place for 2019, and 2020 likely soon will be locked for Indy as well. After that, who knows?

“When I think about what we’ve accomplished in the last five days with the help of our partners in the city, I wouldn’t want to try to do it anywhere else. I think everybody is really happy and really comfortable here in Indianapolis,” National Football Scouting President Jeff Foster told Chappell.

Coaches and scouts are creatures of habit. They want to go to the same place every year, they want to conveniently and efficiently move from place to place. They want the player workouts to happen at the same place every year, allowing the most reliable apples to apples comparisons across decades and generations.

Then there’s the medical aspect of the process. Foster told Chappell that the “most valuable resource in operating an efficient Combine is the presence of medical partner IU Health,” with every “imaginable medical need, including unexpected exams, is with 10- or 15-minute drive.”

In a place like Los Angeles, that would never happen, making the process far more time consuming and frustrating for everyone involved. One league source contacted for opinions on the subject predicted that, once the new stadium opens in Inglewood, that’s where the Combine will go. But the source isn’t thrilled about the Combine in L.A.

“It would suck major ass,” the source said, pointing to the logistical issues associated with getting to and from multiple different locations.

Multiple other sources like the idea of the Combine happened in a warmer climate, but one source said that Indianapolis is perfect because “it’s all about access, to be able to keep everyone within walking distance, easy movement for players.”

That said, the NFL isn’t interested in easy. The NFL is interested in bigger, better, and ultimately more revenue. That would happen if the Combine ends up becoming the next portable property that periodically brings excitement to a place that would love to have 336 players and hundreds more coaches, scouts, and media in town for a week in February.

27 responses to “Will Scouting Combine move from Indy?

  1. All of the opinions about NOT moving are true BUT If The NFL can make MORE money $$$$ they will go there. A warm climate and an excuse to travel to a warm climate are big time attractions wrapped around The NFL experience.

  2. To be honest, the combine is more boring than watching grass grow.

    I imagine it will be a prime time event soon.

  3. I don’t care about the underwear Olympics. I care even less about where it’s held. Great marketing job by the NFL. Most teams don’t even care. It’s all about interviews and medicals

  4. I would say package it as part of the lead-up events to the Pro Bowl.
    Would that be too soon after the NCAA season or too early before the draft?

  5. Translation: The NFL will now be taking bids from cities and will select the city who forces the taxpayers to give them the most free things such as hotels, convention space, food, etc.

  6. Move it around to different cities and show it prime time. Show us different places around the country and let us hear the guys yap. They’re competing for the chance of a lifetime.

  7. granadafan says:
    March 5, 2018 at 6:55 pm
    Translation: The NFL will now be taking bids from cities and will select the city who forces the taxpayers to give them the most free things such as hotels, convention space, food, etc.
    ————————————————————————–

    Not only that, but they will ask the college players to pay an entry fee, to the combine.

  8. Some people must be really bored out of their minds, I think I have only watched parts of the combine once and I am an avid pro football fan.

  9. The combine is a joke. Guys are invited they go there and refuse to compete. Kind of the whole point.nfl could stop the non sense by barring coaches scouts etc from attending pro days. No reason for pro days.or just say you get a pro day or the combine not both.

  10. New rule: You can move the combine to a new city, but the old city gets to kick Goodell’s ass first. Not just one fan — the whole fan base.

    One punch or kick, $10 donation to charity of your choosing.

  11. My understanding is that it won’t move because of the planning and facilities that go into the full medicals for all players. While this side of the Combine is not sexy and gets very little media coverage, the detailed testing of all players and the magnitude of highly sophisticated equipment, is very hard to match. This is not like going to your doctor for your annual medical, it is state of the art medical testing of everything and takes hours for every single participant. There is also a vast cast of medical professionals to support it.
    Every NFL team’s medical staff taps into the comprehensive analysis provided on every participant.

  12. “with every “imaginable medical need, including unexpected exams, is with 10- or 15-minute drive.”

    Then why was the kid from Michigan with the heart condition sent home?

  13. I have an idea.

    Just don’t have it. You are risking players health.

    Kind of like a kick off.

  14. johnthorpe says:
    March 5, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    New rule: You can move the combine to a new city, but the old city gets to kick Goodell’s ass first. Not just one fan — the whole fan base.

    One punch or kick, $10 donation to charity of your choosing.
    __________________________________________________________________

    Now we’re all of a sudden Colts fans.

  15. Really? Does anyone watch the combine? The NFL is lucky to have a place like Indy that has the facilities and hotel capabilities it needs.

  16. What I take from this article is that Indy must have said something to the NFL about wanting a better deal or less free stuff, something like that.

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