Lauren Silberman becomes first female to compete in NFL regional draft combine

A female MIT grad is trying to live out her dream of playing in the NFL... Or is she?

2/21/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Blog Photo - Lauren Silberman becomes first female to compete in NFL regional draft combineFor the first time ever, a female will participate in a regional NFL Draft combine.

This isn't the main combine that you're seeing on TV over the next few days, this is one of several smaller combines that generally feature players who are a long shot to be drafted.

Generally, over 1000 players participate in the various regional combines across the country, and less than 10% will eventually be picked up by an NFL team, whether through the draft or as an undrafted free agent.

There have, however, been several notable players who have come through the regional combine system. Kickers seem to stand out, in fact.

Some of the more notable names include legendary Patriots and Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri and rookie sensation Steve "Legatron" Zuerlein.

Lauren Silberman, a 28-year old MIT graduate, is hoping to follow in their footsteps.

Or maybe she isn't.

From what she's saying, it actually sounds like she might just be trying to get her name out there in order to give her business a boost.

Some people are less than thrilled with that idea, saying it makes a mockery of the NFL Draft process. Personally, I don't mind it at all.

Her chances of actually making it to the NFL are miniscule. They're probably considerably lower than the already low odds that most regional combine attendees are facing.

However, it's still notable that she's attending, and it might open up the door for more women in the future.

Kicker is definitely the position that would make the most sense for a female to break into the NFL. While most women probably wouldn't have much of a chance to compete at any other position, there's really no reason to believe that a woman couldn't be capable of booting field goals with pretty solid consistency.

Silberman's true agenda is to promote her own goals, which include trying to help athletes improve through video games. That's her actual business, and while she doesn't come out and say it specifically, she's more interested in getting to know people and increase her networking abilities, more so than actually making the NFL.

"The opportunity to attend this event could not be more exciting. Getting to meet interesting people and perfect my technique from others could not be more rewarding. Regardless of the outcome of the tryout, I hope there is a way I can contribute and strengthen the league."

If that means she wants to strengthen the league through video games, then so be it. I hope she has something to contribute. If it means she wants to be the one who inspires another woman to someday break the NFL's gender barrier, that would be interesting as well.

We'll see how it goes.
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