The Mysterious NFL Combine

“I didn’t know there was a 2nd Combine!”

I hear it all the time and somehow the secrecy of this 2nd NFL Combine continues.  No one seems to know about this “other Combine”.

I’m in Indy for this year’s 2nd NFL Combine along with all the NFL medical staffs represented for this important event.  The reason for this Combine is to medically update about 50 Draft eligible players as the Draft quickly approaches.

The truth is this Combine may have more of an impact on the Draft status of many of these players than the 1st Combine did back in late February.  With medical concerns involving most of the players joining us in Indy, the final medical grades from today’s medical exam will quickly move these players up, down or OFF the Draft Boards of 32 potential employers.

This weekend’s NFL Combine has no workouts, no interviews and no cameras.  It takes place in the basement of a hospital and it’s all business.  We have all done our homework and we know almost everything about these players’ medical injuries.  Today is an opportunity for our medical staffs to get our hands on these players to confirm/deny our diagnosis and prognosis to report back to our clubs.

“Oh, there’s a 2nd Combine and I’m excited to get back to preparing to play football!” is always my reply.

That comment has never been so true than it is this year…..


Author: Mike Ryan

After 26 seasons as a full-time certified athletic trainer and registered physical therapist in the National Football League, Mike Ryan has outstanding first-hand experience. His unique professional and athletic background has sharpened his skills in the arts of sports injury management, elite rehabilitation, performance enhancement and injury prevention. Mike is now taking his experience to mainstream America. His mission is simple: Sports Medicine advice that is easy to use and brings fast results. Learn more about Mike Ryan

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