NFL has quietly shifted the rules of the Scouting Combine ban

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As more people around the league question the wisdom of banning players with off-field issues from attending the Scouting Combine, people inside the league office have applied a wishy-washiness to the rule.

Per a league source, the rule has ping-ponged since 2017 from a complete ban to, in 2018, permission to attend for the purposes of providing a physical exam to, as of this year, a return to a full and complete ban.

The shunning and partial unshunning and reshunning highlights the tension between those at 345 Park Avenue who hope to score a P.R. layup and those responsible for evaluating players who inevitably will be evaluated for potential selection in the draft, off-field issues or not.

The fact that the players are still permitted to be drafted and to participate in practices and games makes the decision to keep them from the Scouting Combine confusing and inconsistent. As one high-level team employee told PFT on Thursday, “We are not going to allow them to [attend the Combine] but when they are drafted and become stars they will promote them.”

Next year, the rule doesn’t need to shift. It needs to disappear.

14 responses to “NFL has quietly shifted the rules of the Scouting Combine ban

  1. NFL can go back and forth as they see fit.

    The prospective employee doesn’t get to dictate to the employer how the interview will be held.

  2. The rule has not changed. They take each case under advisement. They then take the public temoerature. Then they pander to that. Its something they have been perfectly consistent on.

  3. I have no problem with what the league is doing. It’s public relations and we are the public. They get feedback from us, and then, to a certain extent try to make us happy. No matter what they do, a certain number of us are going to complain. At some point, they just tune us out.

  4. How about this: Players with Off Field Issues wear a jersey during the regular season with “OFI” emblazoned on the jerseys, like the Scarlet Letter. That makes as much sense as banning these players from the Combine and letting them play in the Fall.

  5. Ban Steve Keim GM Of the Cardinals (Extreme DUI Just last year) If you want to talk about conduct punishment

  6. Lets be real – If you can’t stay out of legal trouble – i see no reason not to ban them from the Combine. The Combine is a reward, if players don’t get invited, and they get drafted in a lower position – that’s called a punishment.

    The troublemakers can redeem themselves at their schools draft day where they have the opportunity to run all the combine drills.

  7. Coffeehog says:
    February 14, 2019 at 5:15 pm
    The rule has not changed. They take each case under advisement. They then take the public temoerature. Then they pander to that. Its something they have been perfectly consistent on.
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    They don’t care about the public. They care first and foremost about the sponsors and the guys who give them 7-8 figures.

  8. When you become the commissioner, you can change the rule…

    When you become commissioner you can also choose to ignore them. Saints Rams missed call. Yes it still stings and I was neutral that day.

  9. Next year, the rule doesn’t need to shift. It needs to disappear.
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    The rule doesn’t need to disappear; the combine does. Use the game tape. If there is somebody you think might fit, background check and interview them. QBs don’t want to throw, some players don’t want to lift, etc. Running a straight line while in gym shorts is not as revealing as seeing a guy in pads/helmet leaving other guys in the dust.

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