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If the leagues opting out (Big 10, Pac12, etc) discussing a spring league, do you see the NFL holding things like the combine and team visits in the Fall, allowing players to focus on a possible 8 game season in Jan-March?  Still allows the draft to go late April, but they could slide it into May if need be.  As a person who takes tape over measurables, it would allow teams to focus more time scouting players who are Combine warriors, while also letting some of the top guys have the real option of playing instead of focusing on their NFL futures/draft stock.

 

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5 minutes ago, INbengalfan said:

If the leagues opting out (Big 10, Pac12, etc) discussing a spring league, do you see the NFL holding things like the combine and team visits in the Fall, allowing players to focus on a possible 8 game season in Jan-March?  Still allows the draft to go late April, but they could slide it into May if need be.  As a person who takes tape over measurables, it would allow teams to focus more time scouting players who are Combine warriors, while also letting some of the top guys have the real option of playing instead of focusing on their NFL futures/draft stock.

 

Thoughts?

Honestly, that's a great idea IMO. However, wouldn't players have to declare to go to the Combine? They'd have to employ an agent to do the Combine/Team visits and stuff like that, right? And then would schools be cool with letting those guys continue to play? Personally, I think flipping the order like you said would be a great idea, but the NCAA would have to be willing to make an exception for this season. There's also the question of whether a player tests really well but doesn't really have the film to back it up, plays, ends up not having a great season, and then returns to school. Would that be even possible? And if a player is confident enough in their status to declare without playing the season, would they even still be interested in playing in the Spring, or would they just be worried that it would hurt their stock?

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2 hours ago, HoboRocket said:

Honestly, that's a great idea IMO. However, wouldn't players have to declare to go to the Combine? They'd have to employ an agent to do the Combine/Team visits and stuff like that, right? And then would schools be cool with letting those guys continue to play? Personally, I think flipping the order like you said would be a great idea, but the NCAA would have to be willing to make an exception for this season. There's also the question of whether a player tests really well but doesn't really have the film to back it up, plays, ends up not having a great season, and then returns to school. Would that be even possible? And if a player is confident enough in their status to declare without playing the season, would they even still be interested in playing in the Spring, or would they just be worried that it would hurt their stock?

Lots of questions to be answered, but it was more of putting the idea out there and seeing if people think it is reasonable.  No matter what happens moving forward, i think the NFL and the NCAA are going to have to be flexible, and make choices that are best for student athletes, not the bottom line (NFL) or their rigid traditional practices (NCAA).  P;layers that work out as underclassmen should have a chance to return in this unprecedented year for sports.

 

The biggest benefit would be the ability to get both a shortened season and all the pre-draft stuff in, without players having to choose one or the other.

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On 8/16/2020 at 12:48 PM, INbengalfan said:

Lots of questions to be answered, but it was more of putting the idea out there and seeing if people think it is reasonable.  No matter what happens moving forward, i think the NFL and the NCAA are going to have to be flexible, and make choices that are best for student athletes, not the bottom line (NFL) or their rigid traditional practices (NCAA).  P;layers that work out as underclassmen should have a chance to return in this unprecedented year for sports.

 

The biggest benefit would be the ability to get both a shortened season and all the pre-draft stuff in, without players having to choose one or the other.

Came in to say this exact thing.  If a player with remaining eligibility decides to play the spring and also declare for the draft, they should have the option to return .  At that point, shouldn't their amateur status still be valid as they had not received any sort of salary?

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