EXOS training site to simulate combined setting of NFL draft prospects with two-day event

EXOS, which is training more than 130 NFL draft prospects this offseason, will host a two-day pro day later this month that will simulate a combine setting.

The NFL changed the format of the NFL scouting suit this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, announcing last month that all in-person practices would take place on campus pro days, scrapping the annual centralized event at Indianapolis.

The EXOS event will take place February 26-27 at its locations in Arizona, Texas and Florida.

The company named former Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik and former Carolina Panthers director of scouting Don Gregory to lead the operation, which will include all drills from the combine, from 40-yard dashes to position-specific jobs.

The work will be filmed for distribution to teams via agents and players. NFL rules prohibit teams from visiting third-party training sites due to competitive inequities.

“We wanted to give players a secondary opportunity, a way to get real testing from people the league can trust,” said EXOS Vice President of Professional and Elite Sports Adam farrand.

Dominik added from an EXOS release: “The event is run safely and as close to an NFL scouting combine as possible.”

This means that players only get two cracks each drill, just like in a normal event; no mulligans after that.

Typically, agents pay third parties such as EXOS to train their players before the combine. This two-day event is part of this service this year.

Players at various training sites across the country are getting creative due to the limitations of a pandemic. Last offseason, prospects started filming themselves practicing and sending the videos to teams.

Several agents whose players train offsite — IMG Academy, XPE Sports and Michael Johnson Performance are among the top training facilities for draft readiness — say most locations are equipped to showcase clients’ virtual work in order to welcome the teams as they navigate in a reduced environment. to treat.

Some major sports agencies also train their own athletes. One EXOS customer is North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance, who has a chance to make the top 10. Lance has his pro day on March 12, but he would also have the opportunity to participate in the setting of the EXOS combine harvester if he wishes.

EXOS has trained nearly 1,000 draft players and 191 first-round players, including 14 last year.

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