News broke late Wednesday evening that NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith would like to do away with the NFL Scouting Combine.
DeMaurice Smith broke down his many reasons as to why the league should do away with he combine all together. One of his biggest points was the fact that many of the prospects should be finishing up their last semester of college.
“Think about it, the NCAA and the NFL structured a combine that should be every football players what? Last semester in college” Smith said. “Who decided that it was a good idea to take your son, and have him exclusively tryout for the NFLs exclusive way of getting into the league” Smith said.
Furthermore, when a player goes to the NFL Combine, he must surrender his medical rights for the process.
Ultimately, Smith referenced the fact that the NFL doesn’t need a combine to evaluate the players. In fact, most of the players have been tracked since grade school. How fast a player runs, lifts, or jumps has already been recorded for the most part.
Equally important, injuries at the NFL combine have happen in the past. Overall, it doesn’t assist the NFL to evaluate a player in shorts and a T-shirt when the game is played in pads.
Lastly, ” It’s not for anything physical, right? It’s for teams to be able to engage in intrusive employment actions that don’t exist anywhere else.”