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NFL considers a Scouting Combine in Australia

The success of Australian rugby player Jarryd Hayne with the 49ers this preseason has the NFL thinking about identifying more talent Down Under. NFL executive vice president of international Mark Waller told the Sydney Morning Herald that the league needs to do a better job of finding talented players all around the world, and a…

Destiny: The Taken King – hands-on with new guns from Häkke, Omolon and Suros

How does Destiny’s latest gear handle? It’s a mixture of new and old, says Patrick Garratt. I found myself sticking to the Omolon scout rifle and Häkke shotgun. It seemed like a solid combination. If things got too busy up close with the primary, I could drop to the shotgun and clear the immediate area […]

Swipecast Hopes its App Will Change the Business of Booking Models

Midway through an interview a few weeks ago, IMG's heads of development said something that immediately struck me as big. In their time scouting models — more than 40 years combined at this point — nothing has changed how they do business so dramatically as Instagram. While the photo-sharing app... Continue reading

PSA Cardinals, City Rocks to Run Kentucky-Style AAU Combine on Sunday

2 months agoBasketball / NCAA : ZagsBlog

NEW YORK — Last October, Kentucky head coach John Calipari turned the basketball world upside down when he ran an NBA Combine that featured his nine McDonald’s All-Americans and attracted some 90 NBA front office personnel and scouts. After hearing Calipari speak at a coaching clinic last year, Jim Hart, the director of the Albany City […]

Artist Creates Very Cool “Terror” Boy Scout Badges

Ryan Sheehy is a former Boy Scout and is proud of the merit badges he’s earned. He’s also a writer and a huge horror fan. By his powers combined (Captain Planet reference, FTW), he’s begun a series of “Terror Badges”, merit badges that are inspired by horror films, legends, stories, and monsters. Below is a […]

Devin Funchess: I don’t care about the Combine, I’m fast on the field

Add Panthers rookie receiver Devin Funchess to the list of those who don’t think 40-yard dash times at the Scouting Combine are meaningful. Funchess told Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News that when he ran a 4.7-second 40, making him the slowest receiver at this year’s Combine, he didn’t allow it to bother him. “You…

Celtics' Austin Ainge Offers Inside Window into Boston's Predraft Process

BOSTON — NBA front offices generally work with the same body of work to evaluate future prospects—combine results, video breakdowns and anecdotal reports from scouts. But understanding a player’s mental makeup requires a much more nuanced,...Show More Summary

Browns say Danny Shelton looks great in pads, so who cares how he looks in shorts?

If all you knew about Browns rookie defensive lineman Danny Shelton was what you saw at the Scouting Combine, you’d think he was fat and slow. Shelton weighed in at 340 pounds and ran a 5.66-second 40, one of the worst times in the history of the Combine. But Shelton was a first-team All-American at…

NHL Combine 2015: Full Results, Measurements, Highlights and Top Prospects

With the June 26 NHL draft on the horizon, the best prospects in hockey converged on Buffalo, New York, this week to take part in the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine at First Niagara Center and HarborCenter. While much of the prospects' time...Show More Summary

Predicting the Biggest Risers and Fallers of the 2015 NBA Draft Class

With both the scouting combine and the lottery now over, we're gaining a clearer sense of how the 2015 NBA draft may shake out on June 25. Some players, such as Syracuse's Rakeem Christmas and Notre Dame's Pat Connaughton, opened the eyes of executives at the combine, causing their draft stocks to vault accordingly. Show More Summary

NHL Combine 2015: Dates, Schedule, Format and Top Prospects

The NHL's draft process has continued to evolve and improve over the years, and one of the greatest examples of that is the evolution of the NHL Scouting Combine. Although it has taken some time, the combine has emerged as important tool in the evaluation of draft prospects. Show More Summary

Four states dominated the NFL Draft

Of the 256 players selected in the NFL Draft, a whopping 123 (48%) played high school football in Florida, Georgia, Texas, or California, according to Scout.com. Florida led the way with 39 players alone. Combined with their neighbor to the north, Florida and Georgia (30) produced more than one out of every four (27%) players in the draft. Show More Summary

NBA Draft Combine 2015: Most Impressive Measurements from Chicago

Over the years we've learned you can only use collegiate listings of players' heights and weights as a loose guide. We find out the real measurements for hoops hopefuls at the NBA combine. Sometimes scouts and general managers are pleasantly...Show More Summary

2015 NBA Mock Draft: 1st-Round Predictions and Stock Changes for Top Prospects

The NBA stock market is alight with changes ahead of the 2015 NBA draft. Thank the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. There, every team in the Association is hard at work, scouting the top names set to enter the draft and change the league hierarchy for years to come. Show More Summary

Notre Dame’s Pat Connaughton Trolls NBA Scouts Who Think He’s “Deceptively Athletic”

Former Notre Dame guard Pat Connaughton is currently in Chicago for the NBA Combine.  During his time in the Windy City, the 6-foot-5, 214-pound swingman met with a number of NBA scouts, executives, personnel, etc.  According to Connaughton,...Show More Summary

Insider Buzz: Whose Draft Stock Is Rising at the NBA Combine?

Several NBA hopefuls who are on the fringe of fulfilling their dreams of reaching the NBA made their first impressions in front of scouts from across the league on the first day of the NBA combine. While the top prospects have chosen...Show More Summary

2015 NBA Mock Draft: Predictions for Prospects Who Starred at Combine

The first day of activities at the NBA Scouting Combine in Chicago will prove to be fruitful for a few of the attendees. Once you get beyond the players who are projected to be lottery picks, there's very little that separates most of the other prospects. Show More Summary

NBA Combine 2015: Prospects Who Boosted Their Stocks on Day 1

Former LSU Tigers star Jordan Mickey is an undersized power forward. However, on Day 1 of the NBA Scouting Combine in Chicago, he was one of the prospects who stood out the most. While he measured at only 6'8 ¼ " in shoes, his 7'3 ¼Show More Summary

Chiefs sign third-round pick Chris Conley

One of the fastest wide receivers at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine has signed his rookie deal with Kansas City. Georgia’s Chris Conley, whom the Chiefs traded up to select in Round Three, has finalized his four-year contract with the club, per the NFL’s Thursday personnel notice. Conley (6-2, 213) was clocked at 4.35 seconds…

2015 NBA Mock Draft: 1st-Round Picks, Projecting Prospects with Top Measurables

A player's value goes far beyond his measurements at the NBA Scouting Combine, but the measurements are an opportunity for myths to be proven fact or fiction. All in all, it's one of the final pieces to the puzzle NBA general managers must construct as they prepare to invest in the next group of NBA hopefuls. Show More Summary

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