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Why does the NFLPA want to eliminate the NFL Scouting Combine?

Taylor Dever
Notre Dame offensive lineman Taylor Dever runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Why would the NFL Players Association want to cancel the NFL Scouting Combine? You may look at the Combine and say that is one of the most important events. Players go to Indianapolis to test their physical traits, but the big thing is the medical checks that are performed.

DeMaurice Smith said yesterday that he doesn’t think it is in the players best interest to travel to Indianapolis for a few days being poked and prodded, weighed, measured, questioned and scrutinized.

“As soon as you show up, you have to waive all of your medical rights and you not only have to sit there and endure embarrassing questions,” Smith said, via ESPN. “And I think that’s horrible, and I don’t wanna pooh pooh any of that, but would you want your son to spend hours inside of an MRI [machine] and then be evaluated by 32 separate team doctors who are, by the way, are only doing it for one reason? What’s the reason? To decrease your draft value.”

Smith dogged the Combine, and it sounds like the Combine could be going away down the road. I mean this is crazy, but the NFLPA continues to throw axes and the NFL just continues to work with them. Do you think the Combine is important?

This year 319 players were invited, and many of them were underclassmen and guys that suffered serious injuries in their careers.

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