Big news today from the NFL. There will be no formal Scouting Combine this year. Tom Pelissero reported that there will be no in-person workouts. They will depend on pro days on campus instead. They will have all virtual interviews and psychological testing and limited in-person medical exams (likely in early April).
The NFL just informed clubs the 2021 scouting combine officially is changing formats, per source.
No in-person workouts (pro days on campus instead), all virtual interviews and psychological testing, limited in-person medical exams (likely in early April) … a whole new world.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 18, 2021
The whole situation isn’t ideal for anyone but the NFL teams will be ok. For people like myself who need accurate testing information to finalize their draft grades, it is pretty much going to be the worst case scenario. I have never been privy to the medical or phycological info (and I shouldn’t be, to be honest). However, I could always count on the testing being accurate. Hopefully, they will be forthcoming publicly with this information.
WHO HAS DECLARED?
Today was the last day that underclassmen had to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft. I am sure more names will come out in the coming days but we know of a few now.
Ohio State QB Justin Fields (DFD Tape Grade: 9) has declared for the draft. Fields will have the chance to go as high as pick #2. Buckeyes guard Wyatt Davis (DFD Tape Grade: 9.08) declared before the season and confirmed it today. He was joined by his teammate, DL Tommy Togiai. Togiai can capitalize on his tremendous season coupled with the weakness of the interior defensive class at the top.
WHO’S COMING BACK?
Former Auburn edge rusher Big Kat Bryant will be plying his trade for Tennessee (as of today).
SENIOR BOWL UPDATES
2020 Heisman Trophy winner, Alabama WR DeVonta Smith will be at the Senior Bowl. He will be there with an injury designation but will be allowed to take place in the weigh-in and interviews.
It was also announced today that SMU TE Kyle Granson will cross-train at fullback during the week of practices and the game.