Part of the reason the NFL continues to reign king of the America sports landscape is its ability and willingness to adapt and evolve. More than many other sports leagues, the NFL adjusts and tweaks its rules to accomplish two primary objectives: enhance player safety and improve the overall product and fan experience.
This year at the Scouting Combine, the NFL is showing that the ability and willingness to adapt transcends what happens between the white lines and extends into the offseason as well. As NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported earlier this week, the NFL will implement a new, expanded player-assessment test designed to provide a comprehensive look at a player’s non-physical capabilities, aptitudes and strengths. This may sound like a test that already exists at the Combine – the Wonderlic. But this new test will not replace the Wonderlic, rather, it will supplement it.
The new test will be implemented for the first time at this year’s Combine and it will be administered similarly to the Wonderlic, according to Breer. In his report, Breer cited a memo that was sent to all 32 clubs. The final paragraph of that memo, which was displayed on NFL.com, reads as follows:
“This is an exciting innovation that brings updated best practices from corporate America to the NFL football operations. By giving clubs new and more relevant information, it offers additional information to supplement your decision-making in the draft. One of the most interesting aspects is that new information on player learning styles can potentially help our coaches’ work more effectively with young players.”
This new test seems like a win-win. It provides teams with more information as they attempt to select players who best fit their organization. And it also sheds more light on how players are wired so that teams are better-equipped to help college players transition to the professional world, where their responsibilities expand to more than just Xs and Os.
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