Invitations have been sent out to 257 senior prospects around the nation for February’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis. As is usually the case, approximately 75 invitations have been withheld and will eventually be sent out to most of the underclassmen who declare for the draft and a few last minute seniors. Here’s a breakdown of the invitations that have gone out to the prospects on offense.
The only slight surprise from the senior class is Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts has not yet received an invite. Many feel Potts is one of the few legitimate NFL quarterback prospects that will come from the Red Raider program. Josh Portis of California-Pa. Was the only non IA passer to receive an invitation to this point. Jeff Van Camp of Florida Atlantic received an invitation, which was a mild surprise.
We understand only four fullbacks have received invitations to date. Mario Fannin of Auburn and Nic Grigsby of Arizona have not received invitations at the running back position. We were glad to hear that Brandon Saine of Ohio State will be going to the combine.
Wide Receiver/Tight End
Big 12 tight ends Mike McNeill of Nebraska and Greg Smith of Texas have not received invitations. Neither have the Big Ten’s Kyle Adams of Purdue or Allen Reisner of Iowa to our knowledge. Portland State’s Julius Thomas, whom we introduced to listeners during our November 17th podcast was invited to the combine as was Schuylar Oordt of Northern Iowa.
We were slightly surprised to find out that Cincinnati receiver Armon Binns was not on the initial list. Small school invites include Joseph Morgan of Walsh, a blazer we’ve spoken about and like, Ricardo Lockette (Fort Valley State), OJ Murdock (Fort Hays State), Edmond Gates (Abilene Christian) and Stephen Burton. Its been long reported in local Philadelphia media that Villanova’s Matt Szczur has been invited.
Kevin Kowalski of Toledo did not receive an invitation neither did center/guard Justin Boren of Ohio State, who’s not matched the level of play he displayed in 2008 while at Michigan. It was slightly surprising that Tim Barnes of Missouri has not yet received an invitation. Brandon Fusco of Slippery Rock will be at the combine, which is great to see. David Arkin of Missouri State is another small schooler who received an invitation.
The only mild surprise at the tackle position has Cory Brandon of Oklahoma presently without an invitation. Daniel Kilgore of Appalachian State, Kevin Hughes of Southeastern Louisiana (someone we are high on) and Michael Person of Montana State are all reported non-IA offensive tackles to have received invitations as did Ben Ijalana of Villanova.
All told six centers received an invitation, though Penn State’s Stefen Wisniewski is listed at guard by a number of teams