The NFL Combine has passed, but that doesn’t mean the scouting aspect stops. There is still plenty of work to do and information to gather. General managers, scouts, and everyone involved in personnel decision making will keep an eye on the upcoming Pro Day schedule. This is a chance to see the top prospects workout leading up to the NFL Draft. Pro Days are for players either looking to improve on their Combine times, or if they weren’t healthy enough to run, they would work out.
Some players chose to sit out of the NFL Combine after being advised by their agents. That’s due to the new Combine schedule. Instead of working out first thing in the morning, workouts were pushed back to primetime to benefit the people watching and not the actual players. We saw slower agility times across the board this year, and some have pointed that’s because of the new workout schedule. In years past, the shuttles were the first drill players did. That changed in 2020.
Pro Days are fun to attend because you see all of the big names in one spot. At the Arizona State Pro Day last year, San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch and Denver Broncos general manager John Elway were inseparable. You better believe I was doing some eavesdropping on those conversations. This has nothing to do with anything, but I thought it was hilarious I made the news, sitting next to Vikings GM Rick Spielman and Rams GM Les Snead and the rest of the dinosaurs using their stopwatch to record 40 times.
Here’s to hoping Lynch shows up again to talk to his good friend Herm Edwards.
Take a look at the upcoming Pro Day schedule:
Oklahoma, 10 a.m.
South Carolina State
Alabama, 10 a.m.
North Carolina State
North Dakota State
San Diego State
Tulane, 1 p.m.
These times are subject to change, and if the 49ers send anyone to these events or have a position coach doing the workouts, we’ll be sure to update and share.