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NFL Combine Will Have Different Look In 2021

COVID wipes out normal Indianapolis event

The NFL Scouting combine will happen this year, but in name only, thanks to COVID-19.

Multiple reports noted the memo that went out Monday that outlines how teams will get the medical reports and workouts in that normally would take place over a week in late February at the Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis.

Workouts will now be at individual college campuses The medical information -- usually gathered in a series of hospital visits and Indy in-person doctors checks -- will take place both virtually and in visits by the team medical people to wherever a prospect is living.

The plan is also for draft prospects to do virtual interviews with the media, like they would normally do in person. Teams are also being encouraged to have their coach and GMs do media sessions, again like what is normally done in person at the Combine.

This decision hits personally for me. I have been at every Combine since 2001, visiting Indy for a week since then. And the Combine was the last big event for the NFL before COVID hammered the country and shut everything down. To be honest, it feels like it was a lot longer than 11 months ago at this point.

Isaiah Simmons runs the 40 during the 2020 Scouting combine.
Isaiah Simmons runs the 40 during the 2020 Scouting combine.