Though the sports world — and the world as a whole — is becoming more and more optimistic about a return to relative normalcy at some point in 2021, this year's NFL Scouting Combine will not be the normal event that we're used to.
A memo sent out around the league today informed teams that we'll be taking a year off from the typical combine and that a safer format, abiding by medical and public health advice, will be used.
Some of the important notes and takeaways are as follows:
— No in-person workouts at the Combine. Workouts to take place at pro days on college campuses.
— Club interviews, psychological testing, assessments and medical information will be obtained virtually.
— A certain number of prospects will have limited in-person examinations, likely in early April.
A simpler way of putting all this? As Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk frames it, "the COVID-19 pandemic has effectively canceled the 2021 NFL Scouting Combine." Luckily for the Jaguars, who pick first overall, there isn't much of a question as to who they'll be choosing. After that, though, relying on pro day performances and virtual interviews will determine a whole lot for teams like the Jets, Eagles and Panthers, who will need to make potentially franchise-altering decisions near the top.