Report: Scouting Combine drills will move to afternoon, night

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The NFL Scouting Combine will remain in Indianapolis through 2021, with a series of annual options after that, Judy Battista of NFL Media reports.

But while the NFL isn’t moving the site of the Combine, it is moving the time of Combine workouts for 2020. On-field drills will move to later in the day, according to Battista, with prime-time events Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

It isn’t a surprise given later workouts will draw more TV viewers.

Players always have worked out in the mornings and afternoons, with meetings with teams held at night.

The league, though, will have to figure out how get big-name quarterbacks to throw at the Combine to get fans to tune into the Combine during prime time.

The NFL has considered making the Combine a road show, which it began doing with the NFL draft in 2015 after a 51-year run in New York. Twenty NFL cities submitted bids to host the draft, with the NFL on Wednesday awarding the 2021 draft to Cleveland and 2023 to Kansas City.

Indianapolis, though, has fought to keep the Combine, which it has hosted annually since 1987. City officials estimate the Combine brings in about $10 million in economic impact for the city.

14 responses to “Report: Scouting Combine drills will move to afternoon, night

  1. Why? just so people can watch it on tv, when most don’t care? Seems like it would hurt the performance of the athelete if you make them wait around all day.

  2. I like this. Now I can watch it when I get home from work live instead of having to dvr it.

  3. Top athletes in tennis, track & field, cycling, and other sports often receive ‘appearance money’ to help sell their events.

    Unless and until the NFL decides to pay top QBs to throw at the combine, it will remain a high-risk-no-reward proposition for the players.

    If a QB is a top prospect, it is because he has proven himself in GAME COMPETITION. If he throws well at the combine, it does nothing for his draft standing. If he throws poorly at the combine, he could lose millions in career earnings.

    Their agents should insist on Combine Performance fees or something similar that reflects the one-sided risk in this charade.

  4. The combine has now become a huge money maker for the NFL. In light of
    this the participants probably should receive some compensation.
    I know many fans wil think this absurd, however, consider several factors.
    A player getting ready for the combine spends close to 10 k over a few months
    to train. Typically an agent will advance the monies to be reimbursed at time
    of contract signing. It could be argued that the NFL should just rely on tape to
    evaluate or pro days. If the NFL has the combine and profits. The players should share
    In the income.
    The process is incredibly difficult on the players. Think about being at the
    hospital at 4:30 am for MRI’s and x-rays.( 3 hundred players get tests.) The player is then evaluated by
    5-7 doctors at a time. They typically enter one room where one physician takes a history
    then takes the player into the exam room where 5-7 doctors pull, check, question
    the player.
    The player gets little sleep, then must perform at optimum level. Then to add to the
    misery the players are “ interviewed “ by bored coaching staffs. Many players are asked
    absurd questions, some are challenged to see how they react only to move onto
    another teams luxury box to be tortured with “ trick” questions as well as meaningful
    questions.The” trick” questions are ones that the asst coaches think of during their
    endless hours of boredom.
    It is a stressful, sleepless process, that the NFL is now making millions on.
    The income should be equitably shared.

  5. binarymath says: “Unless and until the NFL decides to pay top QBs to throw at the combine, it will remain a high-risk-no-reward proposition for the players.”

    Unless you’re the undisputed No.1 overall draft pick, moving up just a couple of spots is worth MILLIONS.

    #1 Kyler Murray got $35.2m while #3 Quinnen Williams got $32.6m. Drop down to #6 and you only get $25.7m.

    As for “high risk” – that’s complete media nonsense. No NFL team will downgrade or upgrade over combine performance as MANY GMs have said in the past. They just want to see a player up close and what they can and can’t do yet. Most of it is to just confirm what they saw in game tape.

  6. If they want people to watch, they need to televise the Q&A sessions.

    But hey, evidently some people watch the Pro-Bowl so what do I know?

  7. PBS has a new show called “Paint Drying” that will kill the combine’s ratings.

  8. Lolz I can’t believe people watch this junk. Paint drying or grass growing is more exciting than the combine. Doesn’t matter what time of day, I have never watched it nor will I.

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