Why doesn’t the NFL make a few changes to their combine?
- Make players wear helmets
- Make players wear shoulder pads
- Make players wear football pants
- Hold film study sessions with a written test at the end to see if players pay attention and understand tendencies
I think these would be huge changes to the combine and they just make sense. Players should be wearing what they play in when they run their 40 times and go through their drills. I’d extend it to Pro Days as well. I was watching Tim Tebow throw and it’s completely different throwing with a helmet and shoulder pads on than without. Let’s see if he’s still accurate with that throwing motion.
I know that agents and current college players would be against this for the most part because all the 40 times would decrease but the NFL runs the thing so they can set the rules. Why should the NFL care? The closer they can get to simulating real game situations the better their scouting and evaluation should be and that means theoretically the owners will save money by drafting more efficiently. That should be enough to both motivate and convince the owners and the NFL to make these changes.
Instead of arguing over overtime rule changes, why don’t they fix the combine?