The NFL is in constant motion.
Sometimes the league is proactive in making the sport better, like expanding the base of fans to include international communities (cha-ching). Mostly the league is reactive, such as the concussion issues instigated from various lawsuits and congressional pressure. Increasing fines and discipline for brutal hits to financed studies on how to further prevent concussions, have all been applied to, at the very least, bring attention to the issue.
Seven years ago, an enthusiastic Roger Goodell implemented a Personnel Conduct Policy designed to lower the amount of off-field issues. Obviously one can reflect today and wonder how much that's really helped to steer younger players from making boneheaded off-the-field mistakes.
Now the league is examining ways to cut out those issues earlier.
According to a source told to CBSSports.com, the league is "considering not inviting players who are academically ineligible in college to the Combine."
Bruce Feldman writes:
The move is being discussed because of the increased scrutiny on the maturity and commitment of the prospects entering the NFL, the source said, adding that if this measure was in place in 2013, a sizable group of players would not have been invited to Indianapolis for the Combine.
Obviously this is a reaction to Aaron Hernandez, who is charged with murder in the death of Odin Floyd last month.
However, we're not sure how practical or even reasonable such a move would be. If players weren't invited to the Combine due to their academic eligibility in college, the league would be requiring teams to do that much more during the predraft process. The whole point of the Combine is to gather players into one location where the scouting process is made easier. Instead those teams, who probably wouldn't remove a talented player from their respective boards for academic reasons, have to attend additional workouts for those players.
We understand the league's anxiousness to prove that they're doing something to prevent the arrival of problematic players. We're just not sure that this is the right one.