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  • 2017 NFL Scouting Combine: February 28 – March 6

    The NFL Scouting Combine will be held February 28 – March 6, 2017.

    This February, over three hundred of the very best college football players will be invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine (National Invitational Camp) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Top Executives, Coaching Staffs, Player Personnel Departments and Medical Personnel from all 32 NFL teams will be on hand to evaluate the nation’s top college football players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft. This intense, four-day job interview is an exciting time for the athletes and a vital step in achieving their dreams of playing in the NFL.

    For the first time, the NFL will bring free, expansive, and interactive fan experiences, including access to Combine drills and press conferences, autographs with NFL Legends, and virtual reality attractions. In addition, a select group of fans will have exclusive opportunity to watch the 2017 NFL Combine live from inside Lucas Oil Stadium.

    To register for both opportunities, visit
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  • #2
    Oklahoma's Joe Mixon, Baylor's Ishmael Zamora not invited to NFL scouting combine

    Tom Pelissero , USA TODAY Sports
    Joe Mixon won’t get to make his case to NFL teams at the scouting combine.

    The talented University of Oklahoma running back, who was caught on video punching a woman 2˝ years ago, wasn’t on the invite list that teams received Thursday, two club officials with knowledge of the list told USA TODAY Sports.

    The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the list hadn’t been distributed publicly.

    Another notable name not on the list: Baylor receiver Ishmael Zamora, who was suspended three games last season after video surfaced of him beating and kicking a dog.

    The decisions aren’t particularly surprising, given the sensitive nature of the issues in light of Ray Rice, Michael Vick and other cases.

    However, team officials have expressed frustration over the league’s shift in approach, since character issues are a primary focus at the combine and not inviting players with the most significant ones means they likely will have to make more team visits instead.

    Last year, the NFL informed teams that it would no longer allow players with convictions for domestic violence, sexual assault or weapons offenses to attend the combine. The Mixon and Zamora incidents don’t fit that description, though.

    Last month, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered the release of the gruesome video showing Mixon breaking the woman’s jaw and cheekbone with a punch after she shoved Mixon and slapped both sides of his neck during the July 2014 incident. Mixon entered an Alford plea at the time, acknowledging there was likely enough evidence to convict him of a misdemeanor charge while still asserting his innocence. He did not serve jail time and was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and undergo counseling.

    Police charged Zamora with a misdemeanor and he received a citation in the animal abuse case.
    According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, no player who has been convicted of violence or use of a weapon, domestic violence or sexual offenses will be allowed at the Combine. It is unclear if any players other than Mixon or Zamora will be kept away.
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    • #3
      Chase Goodbread @ChaseGoodbread
      Texas Tech's Pat Mahomes joins Deshaun Watson among QBs confirming they will throw at the combine.
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      • #4
        Ole Miss' Damore'ea Stringfellow not invited to NFL combine

        By Chase Goodbread/College Football 24/7 writer
        Ole Miss' Damore'ea Stringfellow is not among the players invited to 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, a league source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

        The Rebels' second-leading wide receiver transferred to Ole Miss from Washington, where he was involved in an altercation resulting in a guilty plea for assault in 2014. Last year, the NFL instituted a new policy that bars draft prospects from combine participation if they have misdemeanor or felony convictions involving violence or use of a weapon, domestic violence, a sexual offense and/or sexual assault. As a result, Stringfellow will have to wait until Ole Miss' pro day to show NFL scouts a workout. Stringfellow's absence from the invitation list was first reported by Albert Breer of MMQB.

        Oklahoma's Joe Mixon, one of the top running backs in the upcoming draft, and Baylor WR Ishmael Zamora have also had past legal issues and weren't invited to the combine.

        Stringfellow made 46 catches for 716 yards last season for Ole Miss as QB Chad Kelly's No. 2 option behind TE Evan Engram, who led the team in both categories (65 for 926). Stringfellow was also one of two Rebels charged with disorderly conduct in January 2015, following a fight outside a nightclub in Oxford, Miss.
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        • #6

          Jeff Reynolds @ReynoldsJD
          Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly not invited to NFL Scouting Combine
          Recovering from ACL so wouldn't be working out, but still...
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          • #7
            5 Combine snubs Texans still need to consider

            The official NFL Scouting Combine invite list is now out in advance of the annual event in Indianapolis, which kicks off on Feb. 28th.

            Some 330 players made the list, but there are several prominent prospects who did not get invites. Among those snubs, five stand out as players the Texans should still consider drafting.

            DeAngelo Brown – DT – Louisville

            I thought so highly of Brown during Shrine Game practices I made him a prospect of the day over at Browns Wire. He has legit potential as a replacement for Vince Wilfork at nose tackle, albeit one lacking that sort of mass.

            Austin Carr – WR – Northwestern

            He’s a bit of a one-year wonder, but what a year it was for the senior Wildcat. He caught 90 passes and scored 12 TDs, posting a career-high 158 yards against an Ohio State secondary which could have three first-round draft picks this year.

            Carr offers size at 6’1″ and exudes body control. He was a Pro Football Focus darling, too. At worst he could compete with Jaelen Strong for the No. 4 wideout spot.

            Kyle Kalis – OG – Michigan

            One of the biggest surprise snubs, Kalis earned a promotion from the Shrine Game to the Senior Bowl. The physical guard acquitted himself nicely against the better competition. He had an inconsistent career at Michigan, though was a second-team AFCA 2nd-team All-American as a senior right guard.

            Steven Taylor – LB – Houston

            A local product who anchored the Cougars defense, Taylor is undersized and not a great athlete. All he does is make plays in a variety of capacities. He’s good at every skill the Texans ask of an inside backer, though nothing stands out. He can certainly contribute on special teams.

            Josh Tupou – DT – Colorado

            The hefty nose tackle capably played the role of immovable object in the middle of Colorado’s surprisingly talented defense. He showed in Shrine Game practices he’s technically adept at handling double teams and steering towards the ball.
            Last edited by H2O4me; 03-19-2017, 02:43 PM.
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            • #8
              Originally posted by H2O4me View Post
              Jeff Reynolds @ReynoldsJD

              Recovering from ACL so wouldn't be working out, but still...
              makes .everything wonder if it's his off the field stuff coming back to haunt him or if those in NFL circles are really that low on him


              • #9
                Originally posted by shishkabob View Post

                makes .everything wonder if it's his off the field stuff coming back to haunt him or if those in NFL circles are really that low on him
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                • #10
                  Originally posted by H2O4me View Post
                  February 18 -- NFL Regional Combines, Methodist Training Center, Houston, Texas.
                  Regional combine here tomorrow.
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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by H2O4me View Post

                    so apparently Kelly's agent has come out and said the NFL did invite him to the combine, he says he has his jersey and their flight booked. the nfl has never officially wrote to them or called them telling them they rescinded his invite so they still plan on going. Can't wait to watch this shake out.



                    • #12
                      Originally posted by shishkabob View Post
                      ...the nfl has never officially wrote to them or called them telling them they rescinded his invite...
                      Sounds like he's full of it...

                      Here's the timeline:

                      Jan. 6: Kelly receives official invite to combine.

                      Mid-January: Kelly returns invite paperwork to National Football Scouting office.

                      Early February: Combine officials call Kelly to arrange flight from Pensacola, Florida, to Indianapolis.

                      Feb. 9: NFS director Jeff Foster calls Kelly to rescind invitation on behalf of NFL.

                      Feb. 10: Kelly's agent emails NFL vice president of football operations Troy Vincent to request more information about why Kelly was uninvited. These emails went unreturned.

                      Feb. 11: Vincent leaves a voicemail saying he won't comment on details but that Kelly was uninvited because of a policy violation and a "committee decision."

                      Feb. 16: Kelly's lawyer, Thomas J. Eoannou, sends NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a letter explaining Kelly's plea deal.

                      Feb. 16: Kelly's uncle, Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, speaks to Goodell, who says the league is reviewing the case. A decision was expected by Friday, Feb. 17.

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                      • #13
                        Ben Fennell @BenFennell_NFL
                        Jabrill Peppers is grouped with the LBs at the combine...
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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by H2O4me View Post
                          Ben Fennell @BenFennell_NFL

                          going to be a Shaq Thompson tweener?


                          • #15
                            NFL Draft Scouting Combine: Snubs and surprises in the Underwear Olympics

                            Sometimes referred to as the NFL Draft Underwear Olympics, the annual NFL Scouting Combine is an opportunity to match quantifiable data with a prospect's scouting report, including everything from arm length to 40-yard dash time.

                            The 2017 NFL Scouting Combine is scheduled for Feb. 28-March 6 in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium.

                            Even with 330 prospects invited to Indianapolis, there were several notable omissions from the official list.

                            For prospects who did not receive an invitation, it's not the end for them. Last year, 38 players were drafted who did not participate at the 2016 Combine, including one player in the third round (safety Kevin Byard) and two fourth-rounders (defensive lineman David Onyemata, tight end Seth DeValve).

                            Meanwhile, 117 players (35.2 percent) who were invited to the Combine were not selected in the 2016 NFL Draft.

                            Also new this year is a rule that prevents players with past criminal issues to attend the Combine. Once a player is invited, he is subject to a background check. And that player will be unable to participate if the search shows a misdemeanor or felony conviction involving violence or use of a weapon, domestic violence, sexual offense and/or sexual assault.

                            Below is a breakdown of the snubs and surprises at each position:


                            SNUB: Chad Kelly, Ole Miss

                            Presumably because of his past off-field issues, Kelly will not be in Indianapolis. He has NFL arm strength, toughness and mobility, but his character is the question mark. Still rehabbing from an ACL injury, Kelly wasn't expected to workout at the Combine, but it is a missed opportunity to interview with teams. He is nephew of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly.

                            Ten other omissions: Alek Torgersen (Penn), Patrick Towles (Boston College), Ryan Higgins (Louisiana Tech), Gunner Kiel (Cincinnati), Zach Terrell (Western Michigan), Brady Gustafson (Montana), Antonio Pipkin (Tiffin), Bart Houston (Wisconsin), Nick Mullens (Southern Miss), Austin Appleby (Florida).

                            SURPRISE: Trevor Knight, Texas A&M

                            An Oklahoma transfer, Knight scored 29 total touchdowns (19 passing, 10 rushing) for the Aggies as a senior. His inconsistent mechanics and decision-making standout but so does his athleticism, which he will show off in Indianapolis.

                            Running Back

                            SNUB: Joe Mixon, Oklahoma

                            With his well-publicized off-the-field incident looming large, Mixon will be a hotly debated prospect this spring. And unfortunately for him, the Combine won't be an option as he attempts to convince an NFL team one terrible decision shouldn't define him as a person. He broke four bones in the face of an Oklahoma female student with a punch in July 2014.

                            Ten other omissions: Joseph Yearby (Miami), Marcus Cox (Appalachian State), I'Tavius Mathers (Middle Tennessee), Tarean Folston (Notre Dame), Khalfani Muhammad (California), Anthony Wales (Western Kentucky), Le'Shun Daniels (Iowa), Taquan Mizzell (Virginia), Brandon Radcliff (Louisville), Matt Breida (Georgia Southern).

                            SURPRISE: Chris Carson, Oklahoma State

                            Carson finished third on the Cowboys in rush attempts (82) this past season, but maximized each carry with a 6.8 yards per rush average and nine touchdowns on the ground.

                            Wide Receiver

                            SNUB: Chad Williams, Grambling State

                            One of the risers coming out of Senior Bowl week, Williams is a good-sized athlete with natural receiving traits. Unfortunately for him, an arrest last May for marijuana and firearm possession might be the reason he won't be able to continue that momentum in Indianapolis.

                            Ten other omissions: Ishmael Zamora (Baylor), Damore'ea Stringfellow (Ole Miss), Tim Patrick (Utah), Austin Carr (Northwestern), R.J. Shelton (Michigan State), Corey Smith (Ohio State), Tim White (Arizona State), DeAngelo Yancey (Purdue), Geno Lewis (Oklahoma), Gehrig Dieter (Alabama).

                            SURPRISE: Victor Bolden, Oregon State

                            Although he is undersized and the production doesn't catch your eye (46 catches, 542 yards, two touchdowns in 2016), Bolden has speed to burn and should light up the 40-yard dash.

                            Tight End

                            SNUB: Blake Jarwin, Oklahoma State

                            A former walk-on, Jarwin was underutilized as the "Cowboy" back in Oklahoma State's offense, but his raw athletic traits are draftable.

                            Ten other omissions: Josiah Price (Michigan State), Jake Maulhardt (Wyoming), Phazahn Odom (Fordham), Taylor McNamara (USC), Billy Freeman (San Jose State), Tyrone Swoops (Texas), Derrick Griffin (Texas Southern), D.J. Dowdy (Cincinnati), Jacob Hollister (Wyoming), Barrett Burns (Appalachian State).

                            SURPRISE: Scott Orndoff, Pittsburgh

                            With only 23 career catches entering 2016, Orndoff made the most of his senior season and attracted attention from NFL scouts, including after a career-game in the win over Clemson (nine catches, 128 yards, two touchdowns).

                            Offensive Line

                            SNUB: Erik Magnuson, Michigan

                            With 37 career starts spread between right tackle and both guard spots, Magnuson has a versatile skill-set with the lower body athleticism to see NFL snaps.

                            Ten other omissions: Jonathan McLaughlin (Virginia Tech), Levon Myers (Northern Illinois), Jylan Ware (Alabama State), Richard Levy (Connecticut), Greg Pyke (Georgia), Tyler Catalina (Georgia), Kyle Kalis (Michigan), Evan Goodman (Arizona State), Cameron Tom (Southern Miss), Jon Heck (North Carolina).

                            SURPRISE: Collin Buchanan, Miami (Ohio)

                            A player who looks the part, Buchanan needs to find consistency, but the NFL tools are appealing.

                            Pass Rusher

                            SNUB: Hunter Dimick, Utah

                            With 20.0 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks, Dimick had a career-year as a senior, but his production is based more on hustle than skill and the lack of athletic traits kept him from receiving a Combine invite.

                            Ten other omissions: A.J. Jefferson (Mississippi State), Keion Adams (Western Michigan), Lewis Neal (LSU), Pat O'Connor (Eastern Michigan), Deon Hollins (UCLA), Se'Von Pittman (Akron), Darius English (South Carolina), Cameron Malveaux (Houston), Terrence Waugh (Kent State), Corey Vereen (Tennessee).

                            SURPRISE: Ifeadi Odenigbo, Northwestern

                            After a productive senior season, Odenigbo was overlooked by the major all-star games, but he will receive a chance to audition for NFL scouts in Indianapolis.

                            Defensive Line

                            SNUB: DeAngelo Brown, Louisville

                            With his strong hands and ball-tracking skills, Brown has the upper-body power to split doubles and collects himself well in space to make stops, collecting a team-best 13.0 tackles for loss as a senior.

                            Ten other omissions: Joey Ivie (Florida), Ralph Green (Indiana), Travis Tuiloma (BYU), B.J. Singleton (Houston), Matthew Godin (Michigan), A.J. Wolf (Duke), Adam Butler (Vanderbilt), Josh Banks (Wake Forest), Woody Baron (Virginia Tech), Darius Hamilton (Rutgers).

                            SURPRISE: Fadol Brown, Ole Miss

                            With only four starts and 2.5 sacks, Brown's senior year didn't go quite as planned, but he receive an invite to Indy to showcase his skills for NFL teams.


                            SNUB: Calvin Munson, San Diego State

                            Although not elite in any one area, Munson is a well-rounded linebacker who can defend the run, blitz and drop in coverage with seven career interceptions. This is a surprise omission.

                            Ten other omissions: Elijah Lee (Kansas State), Dylan Cole (Missouri State), Steven Taylor (Houston), Javancy Jones (Jackson State), Tau Lotulelei (UNLV), Jimmie Gilbert (Colorado), Psalm Wooching (Washington), Keenan Gilchrist (Appalachian State), Paul Magloire (Arizona), Brandon Bell (Penn State).

                            SURPRISE: Blair Brown, Ohio

                            It is easy to overlook him due to his undersized frame, but Brown flies all over the field and has the closing burst that should translate to his workouts at Lucas Oil Stadium.


                            SNUB: Desmond Lawrence, North Carolina

                            Lawrence doesn't have ideal sudden twitch or long-speed for the position, but he checks boxes with his height, length and competitive nature and should be in Indianapolis with the other cornerbacks in this class.

                            Ten other omissions: Jeremy Cutrer (Middle Tennessee), Dwayne Thomas (LSU), Aarion Penton (Missouri), Greg Mabin (Iowa), Brad Watson (Wake Forest), Michael Davis (BYU), Cole Luke (Notre Dame), Breon Borders (Duke), Najee Murray (Kent State), Brandon Wilson (Houston).

                            SURPRISE: Jeremy Clark, Michigan

                            Due to a September ACL injury, Clark has been a forgotten prospect, but he will have the opportunity in Indianapolis to show he is fully healthy and draftable.


                            SNUB: Jordan Sterns, Oklahoma State

                            With a team-best 101 tackles and three interceptions as a senior, Sterns had the 2016 season that earned him a Senior Bowl invite, but it wasn't enough to get him to the Scouting Combine.

                            Ten other omissions: Randall Goforth (UCLA), Fish Smithson (Kansas), Dante Barnett (Kansas State), Demetrious Cox (Michigan State), Leon McQuay (USC), Damariay Drew (California), Zach Hoffpauir (Stanford), Weston Steelhammer (Air Force), Tony Conner (Ole Miss), Dymonte Thomas (Michigan).

                            SURPRISE: Jamal Carter, Miami (Fla.)

                            Often overlooked by former safety teammate Rayshawn Jenkins, Carter led the Hurricanes with 85 tackles in 2016 and was a senior captain.
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