Jim Harbaugh, Michigan Plan to Hold NFL Scouting Showcase on Oct. 24

Blake SchusterAnalyst IIAugust 21, 2020

FILE- In this April 13, 2019, file photo, Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson (2) throws during the team's annual spring NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich. Patterson is back as Michigan’s starting quarterback, directing a new offense that is very familiar to him. The senior said the no-huddle, hurry-up offense scheme the seventh-ranked Wolverines will unveil in their opener Saturday against Middle Tennessee is a lot like the one he ran for two years at Ole Miss. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
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Jim Harbaugh has found a way to get his team back on the field this fall after the Big Ten postponed fall sports.

The Michigan football head coach will hold an NFL combine on October 24 at Michigan Stadium—the day U-M would've played Ohio State.

Instead of playing for a conference title, the Wolverines will be playing for their future careers.

Per Angelique S. Chengelis of the Detroit News:

"The players will practice combine-specific drills these next nine weeks, four days a week, to prepare for the event that expects to draw NFL scouts and the players’ families. Michigan players returned for voluntary practices Aug. 10.

Holding a scouting combine at the stadium is an effort to allow NFL scouts an opportunity watch and test the players, who will not have an opportunity to play football this fall. In the event of a spring season, which the Big Ten currently is exploring, this could give players who are considering their next step, whether to remain at Michigan or head to the NFL, an opportunity to play a spring season and still pursue the NFL because NFL teams will already have their measurables."

On Thursday, Michigan cornerback Ambry Thomas declared for the 2021 NFL draft. The Wolverines' new plan should give more players opportunities to perform in front of scouts during a year in which the date of their next game remains unknown. 

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If nothing else, it will give Michigan's roster a reason to stay engaged throughout the fall as the Big Ten works on developing a return-to-play plan.