The NFL combine has been in Indianapolis for years now. But that leads to an interesting question; is that an advantage for the hometown team?
Having the combine in Indianapolis is a nice little thing for the city. It gives the restaurants around the area a nice little economic boost. It puts Indy out there for national people to talk about. But is having the event in Indy an advantage for the hometown Colts?
In a word, no. They might have very slight advantages for their scouting department. They don’t have to board a plane and stay in a hotel or anything like that. Everything is in their own backyard so they get to live a little more comfortably for the week.
But from a football perspective, it does nothing for the Colts. Every other team is also at the combine, so it’s not like the Colts are getting some sort of scouting edge over the rest of the league. Everyone else is also watching the same players they are.
The Colts might get to have a little closer look at the prospects they have looked at all year. But they still get to ask interviews like everyone else. They still get to look at the measurables like everyone else, and they get to watch them work out like everyone else.
Other than having another big event in the city of Indianapolis, this does nothing for the Colts in terms of an advantage. But it’s something nice to have in your backyard.