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Why didn’t scouts tell the veteran players they couldn’t participate after their slow forties?

We reported earlier this year, that NFL scouts turned future NFL prospects away after running slow forty times at both Northwestern and Jackson State. 

The crazy thing was the kids turned away at those Pro Days were way better than those of the NFL veteran combine yesterday.

NFL scouts were willing to sit around and wait for running backs running 4.91 and 4.96 forties but didn’t turn them away.

So here is my question, the reason the veterans were not turned away was because they had film. They had already made it to the NFL, but why didn’t they look at the college players film?

It is simple people, there was money to be made at the event. At a pro day a scout is on a hourly basis, they are not getting extra, they are told to be there. In a regional Combine the NFL makes money off of a kid so they will let them run a slow forty. 

The veteran combine had slow times, but it also had Michael Sam which ultimately made the NFL money by televising it. 

It is simple people, money rules this business, that is what it is okay that Free agent RB Felix Jones ran unofficial 4.79 and 4.85 forties at the Veteran Combine on Sunday, Why? Because he had a name established already.

For you out there trying to establish your name you won’t be as lucky. You are going to have to fight, because small schoolers never catch a break.

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