The NFL Scouting Combine has become the premier event for athletes looking to further their NFL dreams. This week the NFL released its official list of attendees. As always, it sparked a flurry of internet responses on who got snubbed. The fact remains that non-invitees to the NFL Combine still have a chance to get drafted.
The stories of players not getting invites to the Combine and going on to NFL success are well documented. Guys like Wes Welker and Osi Umenyiora didn’t get the all important invite and managed to turn themselves into perennial Pro Bowlers.
For FCS, Division II, and Division III players the Combine invite is a badge of honor. They were found and the selection committee recognized them as deserving participants with the “big school” guys. Each and every year, “small school” players slip through the cracks. No Combine invite, no place for a Pro Day workout, and inevitably sliding into the abyss of undrafted free agents.
It appears that one organization may be looking to change the fortunes of these less publicized players.
Over the course of several weeks, I have had the privilege of working with Jimmy Kibble. Kibble is the CEO of the Beyond Sports Network (BSN). BSN is an online tool for coaches and scouts to utilize for scouting talent that may otherwise go unnoticed.
This year, BSN has decided to step up to the plate in offering “small school” prospects an opportunity to showcase their talents in an NFL Scouting Combine format. The BSN Collegiate Showcase will offer an NFL Combine-like experience for players from the FCS, Division II, Division III, and NAIA level. The three day event will take place at the University of Akron Stile Athletic Field House from March 9th- March 11th, 2012. Scouts from the NFL, CFL, UFL, AFL, and Professional Indoor football will be in attendance to evaluate the skill sets of these players. The weekend events will include a testing combine, position drills, 7-on-7 drills, and two fully padded games refereed by Big Ten officials.
For more information on the BSN Collegiate Showcase visit:
To access the roster for the 2012 BSN Showcase visit: