The NFL Scouting Combine underwent a number of changes this year as the league overhauled it to make it a marquee event. The change led to frustrations from fans, agents and teams. The move also had significant consequences for multiple players during their drug test.
According to Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline, there was an inordinate number of positive diluted test results from the 2020 NFL Combine. The problem occurred as a result of a major change the league made to the combine’s schedule.
Because prospects want to have a bigger weight when they stepped on the scales, they drank a lot of water to aid their efforts. Unfortunately, after they would be asked to weigh in, they would immediately undergo a urine test. As a result, it led to an abnormal amount of diluted samples.
Wisconsin outside linebacker Zack Baun was one of the most prominent prospects to be impacted by the change. He received a positive test with a diluted sample, which led to him sending a letter to teams apologizing and explaining what happened.
Braun isn’t the only top prospect who received a positive test for a diluted sample. While other players haven’t been named, agents are pushing strongly for the NFLPA to contest the test results and ask for them to be reversed.
The NFL is already considering making a change to the 2021 NFL Combine to help players in the future. There are ongoing discussions to move the weigh-ins to the same day as on-field workouts, which could reduce the number of diluted tests.