The NFL’s annual scouting combine, which teams use to gather valuable information about the best prospects in the upcoming draft, is in question for this winter. The status is expected to be set in the next week, according to league sources.
After weeks of discussion, the NFL is finally planning to decide if there will be a combine this year and what it will look like.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sources have reported that the league has been discussing numerous ways to approach: in Indianapolis on a reduced scale in February, push back to April, or just use regional combines that would eliminate the need for many of the prospects, to travel to Indianapolis as they have regularly done for over three decades.
However, the NFL offseason calendar largely depends on the first event: the Combine, which has been held every winter in Indianapolis since 1987. If the combine is pushed back, it could affect the timing of the start of the vacant agency, as well as the start dates of the draft.
Now the other complication is that the NCAA announced last week that it will be hosting most of the men’s basketball tournament in Indianapolis from March 14 to April 5, 2021, which poses challenges for the NFL if it has any plans to break the combine pushing back, which is usually the case, begins in late February.
The NFL and Combination officials are still looking for alternatives, but there are so many issues few have ever considered as there have been with every event on the league’s calendar. But the combine, as people knew, is not going to take place. Questions arise as to whether it will take place, how downsized it will be, when it will take place – and all will likely be answered in the days to come.