NFL teams will have to prepare a little bit differently when it comes evaluating talent for the 2021 draft. Or if you ask NFL teams, a lot differently.
That’s because the league sent a memo to teams Friday night informing them that private workouts with draft prospects have been banned, as relayed by Pro Football Talk. And that’s not all. Visits to team facilities, dinners and film sessions with draft prospects are also considered a big no-no.
Granted, some schools will be hosting their normal pro days — but those events can only have a maximum of five players who fit the description of “Designated Underclassmen” to participate.
The latest memo follows an announcement that the league changed toe format to the annual scouting combine.
Teams selecting at the top of the draft — Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, etc. — have a pretty good idea who they are selecting. Most teams know who they’ll be selecting, or at least have it narrowed down to two or three prospects, by the time their pick arrives.
But limiting the pre-draft process keeps some of the draftees from getting an opportunity to improve their stock. And if you ask most scouts, keeps them from earning their big bucks.