NFL announces sweeping changes to 2021 scouting combine, pre-draft process
The NFL announced significant changes to its 2021 scouting combine on Monday afternoon.
There will be no in-person workouts at the combine this season. Alternatively, teams will be able to lean on what they see with in-person workouts at pro days for individual schools.
The NFL is also mandating prospect interviews and psychological testing to be done virtually.
Here’s the full memo from the league:
Here’s the full memo on changes to the 2021 scouting combine: pic.twitter.com/e1KNcuaUTn
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 18, 2021
The Big Ten has multiple players who could hear their names called in the top 10, including Ohio State QB Justin Fields, Penn State pass rusher Micah Parsons and Northwestern OT Rashawn Slater.
Last season, the NFL scouting combine was able to happen just before much of the country was shut down due to the pandemic. However, many programs were not able to conduct pro days and the draft itself was held virtually.
It’s currently unclear how the NFL is going to handle the 2021 draft. As of now, it’s scheduled for April 29-May 1.
Hopefully — for the NFL and everyone else’s sake — things are back to normal by 2022.