NFL Bans Private Workouts Ahead Of Draft

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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.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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  1. That was the hardest memo to follow I’ve ever read. You can tell they weren’t thinking with normal human reasoning because of how it jumps all over the place with no clear explanations. I have MORE questions after reading it. For example, I don’t see how it’s any safer to send team reps all over to 100 campus locations to watch workouts than have players get tested and come to one place? Just have everyone pass a covid test 24 hours before they come and check for symptoms when everyone arrives? Good grief this isn’t that difficult. Seems like on big virtue signal by the nfl as usual.

  2. “We will work with schools to encourage consistency”

    Encourage? So basically we’re going to have a bunch of guys running 4.3 40s this year because their coach is hand-timing them. If the NFL cares so little about giving these guys a fair and objective evaluation, why make them spend three years in college? Let them go pro whenever they want.

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