Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said Wednesday that the NFL held a confidential meeting on how to improve the combine.
“The process has to remain pure,” Newsome said, per ESPN. “I think that gives the players the time and the opportunity that they need, and it gives us what we need to properly evaluate the players”
This is fairly vague — you can’t tell whether the NFL wants to make it better for the fans, for scouts, for the players themselves or for everyone.
However, the current iteration of the NFL Combine isn’t all that great for anyone. The fans get meaningless numbers shoved down their throats as if they’re significant in any way, the scouts have to judge players based off three-cone drills and 40-times, and the players are treated like cattle.
Mike McCartney, an agent, wholeheartedly endorsed reform on Twitter.
Much needed. Teams would never exhaust their players for 3 days prior to a game, then ask them to play at the highest level. But in Indy…. https://t.co/26WN5HNubd
— Mike McCartney (@MikeMcCartney7) April 5, 2017
Reform, in some way, shape, or form, is needed here. It’s tough to imagine any major changes, but it is positive that the league is at least looking at changes. That being said, don’t get your hopes up.