With the NFL Combine nonexistent this year, it’s going to be a little tougher for those involved in NFL media to drum up storylines heading into the draft. Interviews with draft prospects and team officials are one of the highlights of the event for the media in attendance, even more so than the on-field drills that dominate the discussion later on in the week.
This year, those interviews won’t take place, but neither will drills at Lucas Oil Stadium. One NFL.com writer feels that the Combine’s on-field work is fast becoming irrelevant, however:
We’re about 2-3 years away from personnel departments not caring about 40 times. The game GPS data is going to replace it. Who cares what he ran in the 40, I know exactly how fast he ran in game conditions & I have 5 years of data for context.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) February 27, 2021
That may be true, though not all college football programs have embraced GPS data the way the NFL has. Still, that data where it exists will likely be hidden from public view, suggesting that some standardized drills will still exist, if only to provide content to NFL fans.
In today’s curds, we look back at some past Combine interviews to remember some of the silly drama that the event has drummed up — and to look forward to it hopefully resuming again next year.
Additionally, however, we would be remiss if we did not mention Aaron Rodgers’ charitable efforts over the past few weeks and months. Rodgers has been offering support to local businesses in his hometown of Chico, California and the surrounding areas. It’s great to see him pitching in to help those in a community that is close to his heart.
On to the curds!
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers donates $1 million to help his hometown’s small businesses | Packers.com
If you follow Rodgers on social media, you have probably seen videos of him surprising some local businesses around his hometown with funds to help keep the doors open. This is a great gesture and a meaningful one to hundreds of people in northern California.
Packers fans help Mike Kostelnik's search for Super Bowl II ring | Packersnews.com
Mike Kostelnik lost his father Ron's Super Bowl II championship ring at a gas station in Indiana last month. So far, plenty of people have reached out, but the family has had no luck yet in tracking it down.
What to know from Packers’ finalized coaching staff for 2021 | Packers Wire
The Packers now have an explicit title for a game management analyst, while keeping around several position coaches who have been at least somewhat responsible for the growth of their young players. Jerry Gray's and Adam Stenavich's returns (and promotions) are great signs for the continued development of the defensive backfield and offensive line, respectively.
Aaron Rodgers' height! Joe Burrow's hands! Reliving past NFL combine narratives – The Athletic (subscription)
From hand size to Rodgers' height to competitions to be the number one pick, there have been some amusing quotes from players over the years.
Police: Alabama woman face felony charge after stealing neighbor’s goat and painting it – WSVN
No word on what design was painted on the goat.