For the first time in more than 30 years, the NFL Scouting Combine will not be held in downtown Indianapolis. In a memo to teams, the NFL detailed changes to the combine due to the pandemic, which include no in-person workouts and virtual interviews with college prospects.
The league says workouts will take place at each college’s pro days instead of having all of the prospects in one place to work out in person.
“We will work with the schools to encourage consistency in testing and drills across pro days and ensure that all clubs have access to video from those workouts, irrespective of whether the club is represented at a particular workout,” the league said in the memo.
The NFL says a working group of club physicians and athletic trainers are developing a plan to obtain comprehensive medical information on each of the prospects invited to attend the combine. A certain number of prospects will undergo an in-person medical evaluation, which will likely take place in April.
In previous years, the NFL Combine in Indianapolis has expanded to allow more fans to attend various portions of the event. In 2019, Visit Indy said the event generated more than $10 million in economic impact.
Two years ago, Indy received an extension to host the combine through 2021 with annual options after that. The league did not state whether the city would continue to host the event next year because of the changes for this year’s event.