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Draft prospect visits underway

Posted by Chris Brown on March 13, 2009 – 2:29 pm

Thursday was the first day that NFL teams could host college draft prospects for visits. That window of time where players can visit runs up until April 17th, eight days before the draft.

The maximum number of player visits allowed is 30. The main reason these visits are permitted is to give NFL teams an opportunity to get physicals on players they might be interested in that may not have been at the combine, or a player that they still have medical questions about.

Some teams however, give the physical as a formality, and then use the visit to spend more time with the prospect in an effort to get a better feel for them as a person and their football knowledge.

Contrary to a lot of reports NFL clubs cannot work draft prospects out at their facility. They can work them out at that player’s school.

The only exception to that rule is when a school is within 30 miles of an NFL team’s facility. For example, if the Bills wanted to they could work out a prospect from the University at Buffalo because it’s within their “metropolitan area.”

The Dallas Cowboys have several universities that fall under the “metropolitan area” category as well and are known to perform such workouts.


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