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Another Reason The Combine Is A Fan-Favorite Event

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 28, 2012 – 4:26 pm

We all know the TV viewing audience for the NFL Scouting Combine has grown steadily over the years. But now the NFL has found another way to increase exposure of its annual pre-draft event. Fans were allowed into Lucas Oil Stadium this year to watch a part of the Combine live and in person.

And as an article on NFL.com pointed out, the League believes the experiment was successful.

Over 200 fans watched the Combine on Sunday from the upper levels of Lucas Oil Stadium, and they earned the opportunity to do so by submitting essays making their case to be among the 250 people allowed entry into the exclusive NFL prospect showcase.

“Long conducted under what seemed like a veil of secrecy, the combine has opened up — slowly — in recent years,” the NFL.com piece explaines. “First came the NFL Network cameras, then access to some of the data, then all of it. And now, as the NFL has successfully done with its other events, it’s beginning to open the doors for fans.”

Ray Anderson, the NFL’s vice president of football operations, considered Sunday’s fan experiment a big success.

“The folks followed the instructions, they were respectful,” Anderson said. “They understood this was a work environment and that these young men were going through the interviews of their lives, so we asked them to adhere to a library etiquette and to help us out so we can take this back and really vet it and see if it’s something we should do on a larger and more permanent basis. And you know what, they’ve given us a good case to make.”


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104 Responses to “Another Reason The Combine Is A Fan-Favorite Event”

  1. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking aka Shawn on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Well I am torn about our #2 pick …

    WR Stephen Hill or S Harrison Smith … I liked both

    It would be nice to get Kalil … Smith then trade back into the second round and grab Hill

    I liked Poe but we are not in any position to draft him

    1st round LT Kalil

    2nd round S Harrison Smith or WR Stephen Hill

    3rd round WR Marvin McNutt or best available CB depending on which guy we get in round 2

    4th round 1st pick … DT Ta’amu 346lbs could be a big pat williams type

    then stock pile DBs and have as much competition as posible

  2. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking aka Shawn on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    GOOD NEWS ….

    Redskins willing to give multiple 1st round picks to get RG3

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82746269/article/report-redskins-willing-to-trade-multiple-firstrounders-to-rams?module=HP11_headline_stack

  3. By Spencer *6 Days* on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Has any Free Agent even visited with the Vikings yet? Man, does anybody want to play for us? This off-season is gonna be depressing. I doubt guys like Lofton and Tyvon Branch will even consider suiting up for the purple and gold.

  4. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer…Free agency doesn’t start until March 13th…Teams can only sign players to extensions on their own teams right now…Players can be released…But can’t be signed by another team until free agency begins March 13th …

  5. By Spencer *6 Days* on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I know, but there hasnt been talk saying any Free Agent has a desire to play here. Its very concerning.

  6. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Teams can’t talk to free agents to be or about other players under contract…Players becoming “unrestricted free agents” are bound to last years team contracts…Until March 13th…Teams could get nailed for tampering even by mentioning interest in a player becoming available…It interferes with teams trying to sign players to extensions…Its not allowed…Crennel might lose a draft pick this spring for the Chief’s…He said something about P Manning…Manning will most likely become a free agent…But Crennel went against the rules saying the Chiefs might have had interest in Manning…

  7. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Players can be fined also…Teams can’t talk about players…Players can’t talk too or about other teams they would play for….

  8. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    The Chiefs will be extremely lucky to get off with a big fine. I think that’s what you will see happen.

  9. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    But players can talk about their own QB…And unfortunately I read Reggie Wayne wants to follow P Manning wherever he end up…That only leaves about 2 WR’s that “might” hit free agency left I would like to see the Vikings go after….M Colston or P Garcon…

  10. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    After all, although Crennel did clearly violate the League rule, he just verbalised every other GM’s or coaches thoughts.

  11. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Nova…Not to sure about that….Goodell has been rough on teams with tampering charges…I think Goodell will take a draft pick away…Not sure which round…Or if the Colts will be given the pick or not ??…

  12. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    OTK…….I think Goodell’s reign of terror is focused mostly on the players. I think that when all is said and done, you’ll just see a big fine…………All right, just to make it interesting, let’s put $675,768,5,445 on the outcome…….I’ll need your Visa# , OTK.

  13. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking aka Shawn on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I read an article that said Colts are not filing tampering charges on the Chiefs

  14. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I’ll even throw in a #56 Dolberman jersey !

  15. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks Shawn….Well that might help out the Chief’s then…But I bet Goodell still spanks Crennel with about a 20,000 dollar fine…

  16. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking aka Shawn on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    this wasnt the one i read but its another one saying the same thing basically

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/02/27/colts-not-inclined-tofile-tampering-charges-against-chiefs/

  17. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Goodell will take it easy on a member of the NFL cartel. A big fine, which is pocket change for him.

  18. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I will raise you a number #4 Favre jersey…Just to make it interesting Nova..: )

  19. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I’m guessing that the fine will be more in the $250K-500K range, just to send a message.

  20. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    LOL OTK…….You still haven’t sent me your Visa# !………Don’t worry, I’ll just put it on Rocksalt’s !

  21. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking aka Shawn on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    LOL Nova

  22. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    ROCK…….Just kidding, your’s doesn’t work………..Have to use Mrs. Salt’s #.

  23. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I am still trying to figure out the title to this article. Makes no sense at all.

  24. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking aka Shawn on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    go ahead and put one on there for me and ill take overnight delivery and the protection plan ….

  25. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Rock, that’s what you get when you order 10,000 jerseys.

  26. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    OOPS>>>>Shawn wants 1…..make that 10,001 jerseys !

  27. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Rock, with that last order on your wife’s credit card that took you past the 10,000 jersey mark , you’ll be happy to know that your name now goes into a draw for a special ” Limited Edition ” Eggies .

  28. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Good…I gamble much better with other peoples money…hahaha

    Want to give Zygi a heads up on that also….; )

  29. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, I know what you mean. I did a double-take too. They set a seating capacity of 250 max, ask the hopefuls to write an essay explaining why they want to go, and then don’t “sell-out”. I guess a lot of people, just like in university, hate those essay questions. Myself, I loved them.

  30. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t forget Spencer…March 13th is the day Zygi might fuel up his jet and send to who knows where to bring a free agent hopeful to winter park…And take the guy out for a steak dinner….

    Have a good night all…

  31. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I can BS for days……..well, you guys know that !!

  32. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I’m out of here too. Sonja needs to head out and scare the wildlife.

  33. By Spencer *7 Days* on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    ——————–Abdullah————————————-Winfield————————

    Cook——————————————————————————-J.Jenkins

    —————–Greenway————–Burfect—————-Erin Henderson———–
    ——–Allen——————Williams—————Ballard————E.Griffin————

    Dam, just imagine if this was our defense?

  34. By Spencer *6 Days* on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    That would most likely be a top 5 defense. The only concern would be that 3 of our starters (EGriffin,Jenkins,Cook) have had run-ins with the law.

  35. By Spencer *6 Days* on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    And to tell you the truth, if I were GM, I would trade Jared Allen. Dont get me wrong, hes a great player without question and I admire his heart. However, the talent we would get back would be too much to pass. Im sure we could get a couple of 1st round picks from Belicheck.

  36. By Carl K on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn- I think pick #35 is a bit of a reach for Harrison Smith. I think he will still be on the board at the top of round 3.

  37. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, do you really want to trade Allen? Truth is, he is one of our very best players. Then again he turns 30 shortly.

  38. By Spencer *6 Days* on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Thats the only reason why I would even think about trading him is due to his age. Also, in 2010 Allen had a downyear, but surprisingly the Vikings Secondary still managed to be ranked 10th in passing yards given up. And we did this with guys like Frank Walker and Lito Sheppard. So it makes me question Jareds value on the defense.

  39. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Well, it would make sense, from a business standpoint, to trade Allen NOW. He is extremely marketable after last year’s near NFL record breaking sack performance. In one or two years, he may be worth much less. Spencer, you are pure genius.

  40. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    With our high draft picks, we could, with trades, and FA, build a young team for long term success.

  41. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    You must have mastered in ” Instigating”, did you Titus?

  42. By Spencer *6 Days* on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Im sensing some sarcasm with the ‘pure genius’

  43. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Well, Nova, I do have a pseudo degree in psychology and neuroscience.

  44. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer may be young and annoying, but he is smart. Football smart.

  45. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I know what you mean by ” pseudo degree “, I’m an amateur gynecologist.

  46. By Spencer *6 Days* on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    22 isnt all that young when you think about it, Titus.

  47. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I’m still trying for my PHD in it, TITUS !

  48. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, three years ago you were a teenager. So, when I think about it, I find you very young. I have been on this planet over twice as long as you — when you have traveled through time another 20-30 years, you will look back at today and say, Gee, I was a baby.

  49. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Sonja’s nose has finally started to heal. I told her …..Prime Rib bone…….much better than porcupine bone…….

  50. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, Nova. What is your hypothesis? How large a sampling is involved?

  51. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, maybe I was a bit over the top in my last post. Just trying to give you some perspective. Of course, you are the oldest you have ever been and you are a mature young man now. My apologies:You are quite mature for your age and contribute a lot to vikings.com.

  52. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    LOL TITUS……Always looking for young, healthy volunteers. Research is the KEY !!!

  53. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply
    Spencer, three years ago you were a teenager. So, when I think about it, I find you very young. I have been on this planet over twice as long as you — when you have traveled through time another 20-30 years, you will look back at today and say, Gee, I was a baby. AMEN !

  54. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    My God, you can say ” Amen ” here, but not our starting QB’s name.

  55. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    If his name was Islamic Ponder he could say ” Amin “, right here on Vikings.com.

  56. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Anyway, funny how this site doesn’t allow the word ” Chr1stian “. …Just one of my pet peeves.

  57. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    One of Shawn’s too, I believe.

  58. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    If this goes through, I can’t see myself blogging on here any more…….Here we go……SATANIST PONDER…….. If that makes it, it’s time for a “policy change” at Vikings.com.

  59. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    ” Satanist ” works but ” Chr1stian ” doesn’t ……….How Sad.

  60. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    WOW. Mike W. maybe a little less time in creation of unforgettable titles followed by compelling copy and more time on administering the site–

  61. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Isn’t that unreal, TITUS ????

  62. By VegasVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Towards the end of this horrible season the only people blogging were packer hecklers and grumpy old Viking fans, so I gave up. Now I log on to see my favorites have returned, is this a yearly trend??

  63. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Something is very wrong around here Nova.

  64. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Vegas, it depends on if rum is in season.

  65. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I guess all the Satanists can argue that they can’t use the term ” Anti- Chr1st “.

  66. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    By the way, if you see one, we can always use more lobster bait.

  67. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I bet the Packer fans were not around in 2009.

  68. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Vegas…Good to hear from you. Where are the showgirls that you promised????

  69. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Vegas, if money’s tight, we offer the option of putting the girls on Rocksalt’s wife’s credit card……..It’s Shawn’s preferred payment !!!1

  70. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    But, if you call in the next ten minutes…….

  71. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    IF YOU CAN”T GET THROUGH WITH YOUR CALL>>>>>KEEP TRYING<<<<<<EITHER OUR PHONES ARE JAMMED OR THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE JUST " GOT THEIR MAN " !!!

  72. By VegasVike on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    I need the 3 digits off the back of the card, please hurry as the the price of fuel is rising by the minute. I’m able to lock in the showgirl costs but cannot guaranty fuel prices.

  73. By VegasVike on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    I’ll be sure to chime in more often, actually been working way too much lately. Trying to ward off this Vegas recession, it’s real!

  74. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Just run it on chicken grease and bill it to Rocksalt. I’ll send him a free ABBMASTER.

  75. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    ( Well, he has to pay s+h)

  76. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    And those things weigh TONS !

  77. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    OK, back to the combine being a fan-favorite.

  78. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Another Reason the Combine is a Fan Favorite Event– Nova, help me, I cannot get my mind around that title. The syntax messes with my thoughts. How can the event have “another reason” to be a fan favorite when the article states that the Combine is, for the first time, a fan event? UGH! I am going to go and read a book to cleanse my cerebral matter.

  79. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    I make absolutely nothing off of this. Well, i shouldn’t say nothing, I get a lot of satisfaction http://www.vickdogchewtoy.com

  80. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, a good read always clears one’s head . A “good read “, not this drivel.

  81. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    And when I say “drivel” , I mean my posts.

  82. By Parody on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, three years ago you were a teenager. So, when I think about it, I find you very young. I have been on this planet over twice as long as you — when you have traveled through time another 20-30 years, you will look back at today and say, Gee, I was a baby.

    It won’t take 20-30 years. I’m only 27, and I can look back at myself when I was in the 22-year old range and think of how immature I was then. My only question is, does it ever stop, or do you keep on looking back on yourself (5+ years ago) and think of how much more intelligent you are now?

  83. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Parody, Spencer is now entering, what we scientists (geologists) now call the ” Turnip Stage “.

  84. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    @ Parody….actually, you probably know by now that I am a land surveyor. But my Geologist friends would call Spencer ” Bedrock “.

  85. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    From Wiki……Superficial deposits (also known as drift) can be extremely thick, such that the bedrock lies hundreds of metres below the surface.[

  86. By Rogerthevikefan on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Packer fans are ROACHS watch as they scurry when the light comes on.

  87. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    @ Roger….the light came on against the Giant’s, didn’t it ?>>>> Back to the swamps of Wisconsin.

  88. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LhkyyCvUHky For everybody that thinks that today’s lead singers are “hot”.

  89. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Enough about ( soon- to -be ) overpaid football players…..Time for a ” change of pace ” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jxpe1oSp_sg

  90. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry to inject beautiful blondes into a football blog, but Titus and the older bloggers probably remember a couple of years ago when I mentioned that my fiancee died. She looked so much like Deborah Harry that EVERYBODY called her ” Blondie”.

  91. By DRS on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Wait until you make it to 50 that is when the body really falls apart. You look back to when you were 20 something and wonder were all the time has gone, Each year it get worse.

  92. By sandiamond on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    I found this aruba cruise online for a good deal. really would like to go… anybody know what blog Nova’s ex wife CC number is listed??

  93. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Hopefully Parody, you pass through life continually learning. Most people after school never read anything more than a news story and most journalism is written at about a sixth grade reading level.

  94. By Rogerthevikefan on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Read Parasite Eve by Hideaki Sena.

  95. By 4eversteve on Mar 3, 2012 | Reply

    Not much of a Jerry Jone’s fan, but liked his suggestion about allowing cameras in on the 15 minute speed dating session or interviewing process if you will at the combine, so the fan can get a better feel for the players and their personalities and whether they are being genuine when giving expanations on questionable charter issues that may have happen from their High School and College playing days.

  96. By Frederick Jones on Mar 4, 2012 | Reply

    SELECT OFFENSIVE LINEMEN AND DEFENSIVE BACKS only IN THE SEVEN PICKS OF THE 2012 DRAFT!!

  97. By sandiamond on Mar 4, 2012 | Reply

  98. By Spencer on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    Watching Ponder play makes me feel this way:

    (:| #-o :-SS :-&

  99. By Spencer on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    :)

    ;)

  100. By Spencer on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    :”>

  101. By Spencer on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    (:|

  102. By Spencer on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    :P

  103. By Spencer on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    B-)

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