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    2018 NFL Combine Thread

    Notable draft prospects not invited to 2018 NFL Combine


    By Chase Goodbread
    College Football 24/7 writer
    Published: Feb. 6, 2018 at 10:48 a.m.
    Updated: Feb. 6, 2018 at 11:04 a.m.


    Plenty of players that aren't invited to the NFL Scouting Combine are eventually drafted into the NFL, but missing out on the annual event in Indianapolis does represent an opportunity lost to make an impression on NFL coaches and scouts. More than 300 draft prospects are invited to the combine each year, but there are always a handful whose exclusion comes as something of a surprise. The full list of combine participants, which was released on Tuesday, is available here.

    Here's a look at some of the notable players that didn't receive invitations, listed in alphabetical order.

    OG Tony Adams, N.C. State

    Adams was a four-year starter at guard for the Wolfpack and is an outstanding run blocker. He's powerful presence at the point of attack whose quickness and balance are question marks for the next level. Adams (6-foot-1, 314 pounds) was a second-team All-ACC choice for the second year in a row. He competed in the East-West Shrine Game.

    DT Poona Ford, Texas

    The Longhorn defense's interior anchor, Ford (6-0, 305) made eight tackles for loss as a senior last year, and was selected the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year. He played in 46 career games and proved to be a valuable run stopper for UT, although he made just four career sacks as a pass rusher. Ford was a team captain for the Longhorns and was invited to the Reese's Senior Bowl after impressing a week earlier at the East-West Shrine Game.

    WR Daurice Fountain, Northern Iowa

    Fountain had a stellar performance at the East-West Shrine Game, and said during the practice week that he expected to be among the combine's top performers at the receiver position. He cited a vertical jump of 40-plus inches, but won't get the chance to show it until UNI's pro day. One of the most productive receivers at the FCS level, Fountain caught 66 passes for 943 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.


    DE Marcell Frazier, Missouri

    The latest in Missouri's long line of productive pass rushers had a big season for the Tigers, piling up a team-high 15.5 tackles for loss, including seven sacks. Frazier (6-5, 265) has the necessary size to play on the edge at the next level and plays a premium position; it won't be surprising if he's among the combine exclusions who is ultimately drafted. He drew mixed reviews from scouts during the East-West Shrine Game practice week.

    DL P.J. Hall, Sam Houston State

    Hall completely dominated the Southland Conference as a four-year starter, amassing an incredible 86.5 tackles for loss and 42 sacks in his career. He was a four-time All-Southland pick and the league's defensive player of the year as a junior in 2016. Although Hall's frame (6-1, 310) isn't typical for a special-teams standout, he blocked 14 kicks in his career -- six field goals, six PATs and two punts -- to offer NFL scouts tantalizing potential in that area.

    DE Joe Ostman, Central Michigan

    In Ostman, the combine passed on the FBS leader in sacks (14). Lightly recruited out of high school, Ostman (6-3, 250) has a background in wrestling but developed quickly as a pass rusher and notched 27 sacks for his career. The East-West Shrine participant's eventual NFL position is something of a question. Said CMU coach John Bonamego, a longtime NFL special-teams coach: "When he gets into a camp, he's going to be a really hard guy to get rid of."

    OG Cody O'Connell, Washington State

    One of college football's most massive offensive linemen will have to wait until the WSU pro day to show his skill set to NFL scouts. O'Connell played guard at WSU despite having a tackle's frame at 6-foot-8, 355 pounds. He competed at the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg and was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection as a fifth-year senior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boozeman View Post
    Notable draft prospects not invited to 2018 NFL Combine


    By Chase Goodbread
    College Football 24/7 writer
    Published: Feb. 6, 2018 at 10:48 a.m.
    Updated: Feb. 6, 2018 at 11:04 a.m.


    Plenty of players that aren't invited to the NFL Scouting Combine are eventually drafted into the NFL, but missing out on the annual event in Indianapolis does represent an opportunity lost to make an impression on NFL coaches and scouts. More than 300 draft prospects are invited to the combine each year, but there are always a handful whose exclusion comes as something of a surprise. The full list of combine participants, which was released on Tuesday, is available here.

    Here's a look at some of the notable players that didn't receive invitations, listed in alphabetical order.

    OG Tony Adams, N.C. State

    Adams was a four-year starter at guard for the Wolfpack and is an outstanding run blocker. He's powerful presence at the point of attack whose quickness and balance are question marks for the next level. Adams (6-foot-1, 314 pounds) was a second-team All-ACC choice for the second year in a row. He competed in the East-West Shrine Game.

    DT Poona Ford, Texas

    The Longhorn defense's interior anchor, Ford (6-0, 305) made eight tackles for loss as a senior last year, and was selected the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year. He played in 46 career games and proved to be a valuable run stopper for UT, although he made just four career sacks as a pass rusher. Ford was a team captain for the Longhorns and was invited to the Reese's Senior Bowl after impressing a week earlier at the East-West Shrine Game.

    WR Daurice Fountain, Northern Iowa

    Fountain had a stellar performance at the East-West Shrine Game, and said during the practice week that he expected to be among the combine's top performers at the receiver position. He cited a vertical jump of 40-plus inches, but won't get the chance to show it until UNI's pro day. One of the most productive receivers at the FCS level, Fountain caught 66 passes for 943 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.


    DE Marcell Frazier, Missouri

    The latest in Missouri's long line of productive pass rushers had a big season for the Tigers, piling up a team-high 15.5 tackles for loss, including seven sacks. Frazier (6-5, 265) has the necessary size to play on the edge at the next level and plays a premium position; it won't be surprising if he's among the combine exclusions who is ultimately drafted. He drew mixed reviews from scouts during the East-West Shrine Game practice week.

    DL P.J. Hall, Sam Houston State

    Hall completely dominated the Southland Conference as a four-year starter, amassing an incredible 86.5 tackles for loss and 42 sacks in his career. He was a four-time All-Southland pick and the league's defensive player of the year as a junior in 2016. Although Hall's frame (6-1, 310) isn't typical for a special-teams standout, he blocked 14 kicks in his career -- six field goals, six PATs and two punts -- to offer NFL scouts tantalizing potential in that area.

    DE Joe Ostman, Central Michigan

    In Ostman, the combine passed on the FBS leader in sacks (14). Lightly recruited out of high school, Ostman (6-3, 250) has a background in wrestling but developed quickly as a pass rusher and notched 27 sacks for his career. The East-West Shrine participant's eventual NFL position is something of a question. Said CMU coach John Bonamego, a longtime NFL special-teams coach: "When he gets into a camp, he's going to be a really hard guy to get rid of."

    OG Cody O'Connell, Washington State

    One of college football's most massive offensive linemen will have to wait until the WSU pro day to show his skill set to NFL scouts. O'Connell played guard at WSU despite having a tackle's frame at 6-foot-8, 355 pounds. He competed at the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg and was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection as a fifth-year senior.
    I thought Fountain actually looked really good. I'm very curious to see what he runs and am a bit surprised that he didn't get the invite.

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    The Combine Thread is finally here.
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    The biggest NFL combine snubs, including the most glaring of them all — Texas DT Poona Ford


    By Dane Brugler , NFL Draft Analyst
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    The NFL Scouting Combine is arguably the most important event of the scouting process and the official invite list was released on Tuesday. This year's NFL Scouting Combine will be held Feb. 27-March 5 in Indianapolis, Ind.

    Of the 326 draft hopefuls invited to this year's Scouting Combine, Alabama (14) and Ohio State (11) lead the way with double-digit invites. There are also 25 prospects representing non-FBS programs who will be in attendance at Lucas Oil Stadium.

    While the goal of the Scouting Combine is to invite the most likely players to be drafted, there are always players who slip through the cracks. This year's most surprising snub is Texas defensive tackle Poona Ford, who was the Big 12's Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2017. Although his measureables (5-11 5/8" and 306 pounds, 32 3/4" arms) are substandard, he put together strong senior tape, including solid weeks in Mobile at the Senior Bowl and in St. Petersburg at the East-West Shrine Game.

    Over the last five years, an average of 35 players who didn't receive an invite to the Scouting Combine were selected on draft weekend. And on the flipside, an average of 110 prospects who did receive an invitation ended up going undrafted.

    Below is a surprise name at each position who was left off the combine list.

    Quarterback

    Brogan Roback, Eastern Michigan

    With his quick release and touch, Roback loves to distribute the wealth and isn't scared off by one-on-one matchups downfield. He has trouble reading coverages and rushes his process, but he is an interesting late round or undrafted project.

    Others
    Jeremiah Briscoe (Sam Houston State)
    Kyle Allen (Houston)
    Brandon Silvers (Troy)
    Matt Linehan (Idaho)
    Luis Perez (Texas A&M Commerce)

    Running Back
    Phillip Lindsay, Colorado

    While undersized at 185 pounds, Lindsay runs like a 215-pounder with his toughness and determination to maximize each run. He shifts well between gears to confuse pursuit angles, showing the secondary burst to evade would-be tacklers.

    Others
    Ito Smith (Southern Miss)
    Ralph Webb (Vanderbilt)
    Martez Carter (Grambling State)
    Ty Isaac (Michigan)
    Keith Ford (Texas A&M)
    James Butler (Iowa)
    Jordan Chunn (Troy)

    Wide Receiver
    Daurice Fountain, Northern Iowa

    It is too bad he won't be at the Combine because Fountain would have put on a show with his leaping skills and speed. While very raw as a route runner, he is an ascending prospect with excellent size (6-2, 210, 34 1/2" arms) and speed, making him an ideal candidate for the bottom of the roster while he develops.

    Others
    Jaylen Smith (Louisville)
    John Diarse (TCU)
    Bryce Bobo (Colorado)
    DeVante Kincade (Grambling State)
    Justin Watson (Penn)
    Malik Turner (Illinois)
    Donald Gray (Mississippi State)
    Steve Ishmael (Syracuse)


    Tight End
    Adam Breneman, Massachusetts
    A Penn State transfer, Breneman won't test off the charts athletically, but he doesn't move stiff and is a sure-handed receiver. Unfortunately a minor injury kept him from participating at the Senior Bowl, leaving his pro day to impress NFL scouts.

    Others
    Cam Serigne (Wake Forest)
    Ethan Wolf (Tennessee)
    Jeb Blazevich (Georgia)
    DeAndre Goolsby (Florida)
    Matt Flanagan (Pittsburgh)
    Shane Wimann (Northern Illinois)

    Offensive Line
    Tony Adams, NC State

    A senior captain for the Wolfpack, Adams doesn't have ideal size for the NFL at 6-1 with 33" arms, allowing long-armed defenders to enter his frame and knock him off balance. However, he has the grip strength and upper body power to control the point of attack.

    Others
    Bradley Bozeman (Alabama)
    Cody O'Connell (Washington State)
    Maea Teuhema (Southeastern Louisiana)
    Viane Talamaivao (USC)
    Tyrone Crowder (Clemson)
    Bentley Spain (North Carolina)
    Ike Boettger (Iowa)
    Austin Golson (Auburn)

    Edge Rusher
    Joe Ostman, Central Michigan

    An undersized pass rusher, Ostman's measureables are a turn off (6-2 and 248 pounds with 31" arms) for NFL teams, lacking ideal traits. However, the production counts for something, and he led the FBS averaging 1.27 sacks per game in 2017.

    Others
    Trent Harris (Miami)
    Sione Teuhema (Southeastern Louisiana)
    Koron Crump (Arizona State)
    Marcell Frazier (Missouri)
    Ebenezer Ogundeko (Tennessee State)
    Justin Lawler (SMU)

    Defensive Line
    Poona Ford, Texas

    There aren't many defensive linemen in the NFL who are under six-foot and over 300 pounds, but Ford will be one of them. His mix of quickness and power allows him to get underneath blockers and drive them backwards.

    Others
    P.J. Hall (Sam Houston State)
    Frank Herron (LSU)
    Frank Herron (LSU)
    Du'Vonta Lampkin (Oklahoma)
    Steven Richardson (Minnesota)
    Zach Sieler (Ferris State)
    Bijhon Jackson (Arkansas)

    Linebacker
    Tre Williams, Auburn
    A stout, physical tackler, Williams competes with the aggressive mentality required for the linebacker position in the NFL. He is very average from an athletic standpoint, but his desire to make tackles can land him on a pro roster.

    Others
    Frank Ginda (San Jose State)
    Stacy Thomas (Louisville)
    Nyles Morgan (Notre Dame)
    Quentin Poling (Ohio)
    Auggie Sanchez (South Florida)
    Joel Lanning (Iowa State)

    Cornerback
    Taron Johnson, Weber State

    Undersized and from a small school, Johnson is an easy player to overlook. A former wide receiver, he is still honing the technical side of the position, but his athleticism and ball skills are both traits that should have landed him on the combine list.

    Others
    Deatrick Nichols (South Florida)
    Ramon Richards (Oklahoma State)
    Heath Harding (Miami, Ohio)
    Arrion Springs (Oregon)
    Jamar Summers (Connecticut)
    Charvaius Ward (Middle Tennessee)

    Safety
    Trayvon Henderson, Hawaii

    Based simply on his tape, it isn't much of a surprise that Henderson didn't receive an invitation. But his positive play during Senior Bowl week turned heads and sent evaluators back to the tape, trying to figure out his fit in this draft class.

    Others
    Jeremy Reaves (South Alabama)
    Travin Howard (TCU)
    Tray Matthews (Auburn)
    Afolabi Laguda (Colorado)
    Chucky Williams (Louisville)
    Chris Hawkins (USC)

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    Hernandez is a brick house.

    Nelson is basically a mutant at OG with those dimensions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simpleton View Post
    Hernandez is a brick house.

    Nelson is basically a mutant at OG with those dimensions.
    Hernandez is actually down 15 pounds from the Senior Bowl.

    He needed too, he almost looked too big there. He is so strong in the upper body, he can absorb people, but he needs to be able to move.

    No question he kills the Bench Press.

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