NFL bans private workouts, facility visits with draft prospects

Getty Images

The NFL announced this week a change to the 2021 Scouting Combine, canceling in-person workouts. In a Friday night memo, the league informed teams of changes to the pre-draft process beyond the Combine.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports the NFL is prohibiting scouts from timing, testing, interviewing in-person or giving medical exams to any draft-eligible player at any location except a school’s pro day or at an all-star game. The league cited ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19,

It bans private workouts, facility visits, dinners and film sessions with draft prospects. Schools hosting pro days are allowed a maximum of five players classified as “Designated Underclassmen” to participate in a pro day.

Teams also are limited to three representatives at any pro day.

NFL teams can begin conducting phone or video interviews with underclassmen Monday and with seniors on Feb. 1.

13 responses to “NFL bans private workouts, facility visits with draft prospects

  1. I like it. It’s a level playing field. It puts an emphasis on film study, which will likely lower the rate of draft day mistakes.

  2. Flores is coaching the Senior Bowl. He is one step ahead of the other coaches once again.

  3. The NFL should ban the “Pro Bowl”-I love football but the Pro Bowl is more like my friends and I playing a game of touch football, no intensity like the MLB All Star game.

  4. I dont see why the combine is cancelled. The players do not all report at once. Its all spread out. You have 40 guys on an entire field, spread out. You have 22,000 attending the super bowl. But can’t have 250 execs spread out in the stands? Even if for medical testing, the combine should absolutely be a go.

    If the combine was happening, I think this decision would be ok to deal with. But no ability to direct a workout to see how a kid adjusts(pro days are scripted) and fits is a big part of evaluating for teams.

    All the moves combined are terrible ideas. These events can go off successfully.

  5. charliecharger says: January 22, 2021 at 9:25 pm I like it. It’s a level playing field. It puts an emphasis on film study, which will likely lower the rate of draft day mistakes ——— And how was it an unlevel playing field before? Also its ridiculous to think it will lower the draft day mistakes, no matter how important the information is having extra info on anything always helps not hurts not to mention you’ve said David Fales is an elite qb based on film soo…

  6. Covid vaccine is being distributed rapidly rhe virus itself has shown to have an extremely low mortality rate and for this age group basically non existant mortality rate. It makes no sense to continue to shut things down months from now.

  7. Maybe we can put all the names in a helmet and on draft day teams can pick a name out of the helmet. WTF smh.

  8. sterling7 says:
    January 23, 2021 at 6:18 am

    The NFL should ban the “Pro Bowl”-I love football but the Pro Bowl is more like my friends and I playing a game of touch football, no intensity like the MLB All Star game.
    ——————————

    I would assume you are unaware that the pro-bowl won’t be played, even though players were selected for the pro-bowl. If you want, you can purchase my 50 yard line first row tickets for only $1.00 each.

  9. Ryan Dubose says:
    January 23, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    “the virus itself has shown to have an extremely low mortality rate and for this age group basically non existant mortality rate. It makes no sense to continue to shut things down months from now.”

    ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————

    See this the argument that gets me. It’s so shortsighted. There’s ample evidence of the long term effects. Even in healthy young athletes. Add in that infected is still contagious.Mortality isn’t t really low. When you consider 400,000 Americans have died in less than a year.

  10. sterling7 says:
    January 23, 2021 at 6:18 am
    The NFL should ban the “Pro Bowl”-I love football but the Pro Bowl is more like my friends and I playing a game of touch football, no intensity like the MLB All Star game.

    ————————.

    And when you make a pro bowl, you can voice your opinion.

    Maybe let the guys enjoy it?

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.