You’ll soon be watching future Philadelphia Eagles work out for pro scouts in prime time as the NFL has decided to make the combine a nighttime event.
It feels good to be smart. Well, doesn’t it? When members of the NFL media and Philadelphia Eagles writers and fans began watching the most recent NFL Combine, they knew, when the running backs took the field, they needed to pay special attention to Miles Sanders.
Word had it that they might be looking at one of the newest Eagles. They were right, and at pick 53, the guy who was named Second team All-Big Ten in 2018 heard his name called.
Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but the NFL is a twelve-month event now, and every step of the process is a big deal. The draft is a phenomenon, and the NFL Combine is headed in that direction as well.
Where the NBA and NCAA fail in basketball relations is exactly why pro and college football flourish. College basketball and pro basketball compete with one another. The NBA takes talent year in and year out from the NCAA before you have a realistic shot to get to know who these guys are.
College football and the NFL don’t work like that. Guys spend three years in college, either playing all three years or spending one as a redshirt, then they move on to the pro game. The majority of college football’s games are played on Saturday. The majority of NFL games are played on Sunday.
There’s a recruiting process. College football is packaged nicely, and by the time these young guys move on, they’ve created microwavable stars that NFL fans are already familiar with. It makes the draft exciting. It makes the combine exciting. On May 22nd, we learned the NFL has big plans for its’ annual meeting of NFL prospects.
Yes, the combine is going to become a prime time event. Starting in 2020, the workout portion will switch from A.M. to P.M. hours.
That’s huge. Imagine watching the biggest stars work out on the NFL Network (and possibly ESPN). Each drill becomes a major moment. The 40-yard dash becomes an event in its’ own. These future NFL stars, and future Eagles, will be given an opportunity to showcase what they can do in front of an even bigger audience.
The plans are to have the combine return to its’ home of Indianapolis for the next two seasons. Then, like the draft and the Super Bowl, league offices will look at a series of annual options. The NFL sure knows how to work that hype machine, don’t they? Here’s just another example of forward thinking that we’ve grown accustomed to.
Expect everyone to follow this story very closely.