This past weekend, a friend of mine was invited to an "invite-only" little scouting combine. Disappointed doesn't describe how he felt after it was over.
According to him (and another friend of mine that attended), it was unorganized, hardly any of the "confirmed" CFL and NFL scouts showed up, and the players left feeling like they didn't get enough reps.
Oh, and did I mention it was unorganized?
Now, I've felt this way about these little rinky-dink "combines" for a while now, but now I'm absolutely, positively convinced enough to scream it at the top of my lungs:
IF IT AIN'T A TRYOUT WITH A TEAM, DON'T PAY TO GO TO ANY OF THESE PRO SCOUTING CAMPS!
I'm not talking about college football camps, I'm talking about these camps that are supposed to get you looks from pro football teams. The Elite Combines are good, though. Last time I checked, they were actually backed by the NFL. Their national combine earlier this year was actually at Ford Field here in Detroit where the Lions play, so they're definitely official.
Most of the others, though, are garbage, and feast on guys' hunger and desire to play pro football, if you ask me. They ask you to pay $80 for their little cheesy camps. It pisses me off. If you really want a shot, just save that money and pay to go to a real CFL, UFL, Arena, or IFL open tryout.
I know you'd only be trying out for one team, but would you rather try out for one team at a "real" tryout (even though the odds are slim that you'd get picked up), or would you rather fly across country, to go to one of these off-brand camps only to be disappointed and mad that you spent all that money for airfare and lodging?
Do what you want, but don't say I didn't warn you.