Strength in numbers? Media crush at combine

Ravens coach John Harbaugh (right) addresses the media throng at the NFL Scouting Combine. (Ben Liebenberg/NFL)

INDIANAPOLIS — If the first morning of the NFL Scouting Combine has proven anything, it’s that media coverage of the event is at an all-time high. Staffers from the league office are working on a final count, but they estimate well over 400 media credentials were issued this year.

The numbers are evident from the moment one walks in the room, given the 17 tables, each holding around 20, were full early. When Bills coach Chan Gailey got things started Thursday, nearly 20 cameras were rolling. Broncos coach John Fox and Ravens coach John Harbaugh had reporters standing three-deep during their sessions.

There’s no question this level of media coverage, and access, will continue to push the combine into one of the league’s biggest events.

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