The 2021 NFL Draft is poised to be a little more like the draft we’re used to than the one we had in 2020. But there’s one pretty significant issue that NFL teams are reportedly “not pleased” with.
According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, teams have struggled to get accurate medical information on players leading up to the draft. The main reason cited is the lack of a Scouting Combine this year, where players usually undergo a full medical exam.
150 players received medical exams in Indianapolis earlier this month, but teams are not satisfied with the data they have. Medical information is expected to trickle in all the way up until the draft.
As a result, teams are reportedly “not pleased” with how things have played out. Schefter said that a lot of last-minute decisions may be made because of this information trickle.
Teams struggling to get accurate medical information on prospects due to absence of this year‘s combine. Even though there were medical exams in Indy this month given to 150 players, teams not pleased. There’ll be last-minute decisions based off medical info still trickling in.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 26, 2021
It’s possible that the medical reports could end up being a non-issue though. How many players have entered the league with medical or injury issues only to never struggle at all? By contrast, how many players had a clean bill of health in college and couldn’t stay on the field the minute they got in?
A lot of factors go into evaluating NFL prospects. The madness of the last year has made it harder than most years to evaluate players.
But most often, the draft winds up being a crapshoot – regardless of how much data a team has.
The NFL Draft is this Thursday.
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