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Like everything in the last 10 months, things have been altered heavily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The NFL Scouting Combine was held as usual in late February last year at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. About a month later, COVID-19 reached the United States and started to spread throughout the country.
As of January of 2021, the virus has yet to be controlled and it was announced today that NFL teams were informed the NFL Scouting Combine is changing its format due to the pandemic. According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, there will be no in-person workouts (pro days on campus instead), all virtual interviews and psychological testing, and limited in-person medical exams (likely in early April).
The NFL said it will work with schools to encourage consistency in the testing and drills across the pro days to ensure there is video of the workouts available for all teams, even for those not in attendance. One physician and one athletic trainer from each team will be allowed to conduct in-person exams over a two- or three-day period in early April.
A special committee chaired by Giants co-owner John Mara that included Cardinals owner Michael Bidwell and executive vice president of the Bengals Katie Blackburn; general managers Kevin Colbert of the Steelers and Rick Spielman of the Vikings; and medical and athletic training Ronnie Barnes of the Giants and doctors Tony Casolaro and Allen Sills provided guidance on the 2021 Scouting Combine.