Report: Major changes expected for 2021 NFL Combine
The NFL Combine, held annually in Indianapolis, is of vital importance for players who aren’t surefire first-round draft picks.
It’s a chance for them to meet with team officials, show their skills and raise their draft profiles ahead of April’s draft.
But, according to a report from Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, the 2021 Combine won’t be held as normal in Indianapolis this year:
League officials—with medical people, team personnel and National Football Scouting president Jeff Foster on the line—held a call Friday to discuss again how to proceed with the run-up to the 2021 NFL draft. According to well-placed sources, the idea of having the combine in Indianapolis in any sort of traditional manner on time is dead, and the overwhelming likelihood is that the performance and medical components are split up.
So, what would the league do instead? Well, Breer’s report says the league is considering regional medical checks, Zoom interviews and more formal Pro Days at individual schools to replace the performance portion of the Combine.
Obviously, there’s still a bit of time before any plans need to be finalized, but the Combine usually takes place at the end of February, so the league does need to make sure it has a plan in place by then.