NFL Combine Will Not Feature Players Convicted of Violent Crimes

NFL Combine Will Not Feature Players Convicted of Violent Crimes


In an attempt to improve their record on dealing with abusive behavior, the NFL has decided that this year’s scouting combine will not feature any prospect who were previously convicted of violent crimes.

The policy was announced at the beginning of February. In a memo, NFL’s executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said:

“It is important for us to remain strongly committed to league values as we demonstrate to our fans, future players, coaches, general managers, and others who support our game that character matters”

More than 300 players are invited to the combine each year to tryout in front of scouts. At the combine, athletes will take part in a series of  tests and evaluations, the results of which will affect their position in the draft. Chad Kelly (Ole Miss), Joe Mixon (Oklahoma) and Ishmael Zamora (Baylor) are three of the most notable players who were snubbed under the new policy.

While this may be a step in the right direction, all of these players are still eligible to play in the league and roughly 15% of the players selected in the draft each year did not attend the combine (according to Sporting News). So, while the new combine rules may create an incentive for borderline players to avoid legal trouble, it does little to change the impression that NFL teams are willing to look the other way when it comes to star athletes.

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