Full List of Combine Invites
With the 2014 off season kicking off there are many things to look forward to, one of which being the draft, and what better way to get teams and fans ready for the draft than the NFL combine. Invites are out and we have a full list of who’s going right here.
First we have the quarterbacks
Blake Bortles, Central Florida; Tajh Boyd, Clemson; Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville; Derek Carr, Fresno State; David Fales, San Jose State; Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois; Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois; Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M; AJ McCarron, Alabam; Zach Mettenberger, LSU; Stephen Morris, Miami (Fla.); Aaron Murray, Georgia; Tom Savage, Pittsburgh; Connor Shaw, South Carolina; Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech; Keith Wenning, Ball State; Jeff Mathews (throwing QB), Cornell; Bryn Renner (throwing QB), North Carolina; Dustin Vaughan (throwing QB), West Texas A&M
and next the running backs..
Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky; Dri Archer, Kent State; George Atkinson, Notre Dame; Kapri Bibbs, Colorado State; Alfred Blue, LSU; Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona; J.C. Copeland (FB), LSU; Tim Cornett, UNLV; Isaiah Crowell, Alabama State; Timothy Flanders, Sam Houston State; David Fluellen, Toledo; Devonta Freeman, Florida State; Tyler Gaffney, Stanford; Marion Grice, Arizona State; Ryan Hewitt (FB), Stanford; Jeremy Hill, LSU; Carlos Hyde, Ohio State; Storm Johnson, Central Florida; Henry Josey, Missouri; Tre Mason, Auburn; Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern; Trey Millard (FB), Oklahoma; Adam Muema, San Diego State; LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State; Silas Redd, USC; Bishop Sankey, Washington; Lache Seastrunk, Baylor; Charles Sims, West Virginia; Jerome Smith, Syracuse; Lorenzo Taliaferro, Coastal Carolina; De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon; Terrance West, Towson; James White, Wisconsin; James Wilder, Florida State; Andre Williams, Boston College; Damien Williams, Oklahoma
Next we have the group most interesting to Jet fans, wide receivers
Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin; Davante Adams, Fresno State; Odell Beckham, LSU; Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State; Chris Boyd, Vanderbilt; Corey Brown, Ohio State; John Brown, Pittsburg State; Martavis Bryant, Clemson; Isaiah Burse, Fresno State; Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest; Brandon Coleman, Rutgers; Kain Colter, Northwestern; Brandin Cooks, Oregon State; Damian Copeland, Louisville; Mike Davis, Texas; Bruce Ellington, South Carolina; Quincy Enunwa, Nebraska; Mike Evans, Texas A&M; Shaq Evans, UCLA; Bennie Fowler, Michigan State; Austin Franklin, New Mexico State; Jeremy Gallon, Michigan; Ryan Grant, Tulane; Matt Hazel, Coastal Carolina; Robert Herron, Wyoming; Cody Hoffman, BYU; Josh Huff, Oregon; Allen Hurns, Miami (Fla.); Jeff Janis, Saginaw Valley State; TJ Jones, Notre Dame; Jarvis Landry, LSU; Cody Latimer, Indiana; Marqise Lee, USC; Marcus Lucas, Missouri; Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt; Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss; Kevin Norwood, Alabama; Walt Powell, Murray State; Tevin Reese, Baylor; Paul Robinson, Colorado; Allen Robinson, Penn State; Jalen Saunders, Oklahoma; Willie Snead, Ball State; Josh Stewart, Oklahoma State; Devin Street, Pittsburgh; L’Damian Washington, Missouri; Sammy Watkins, Clemson; Albert Wilson, Georgia State
Next another group important to Jet fans, the tight ends
Jace Amaro, Texas Tech; Rob Blanchflower, Massachusetts; Trey Burton, Florida; Anthony Denham, Utah; Joe Don Duncan, Dixie State; Eric Ebron, North Carolina; C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa; Crockett Gillmore, Colorado State; Xavier Grimble, USC; Nic Jacobs, McNeese State; Marcel Jensen, Fresno State; Reggie Jordan, Missouri Western State; A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State; Colt Lyerla, Oregon; Arthur Lynch, Georgia; Jake Murphy, Utah; Jordan Najvar, Baylor; Troy Niklas, Notre Dame; Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin; Richard Rodgers, California; Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington; D.J. Tialavea, Utah State
Next a group I will be looking closely at, offensive linemen
Matt Armstrong (C), Grand Valley State; Joel Bitonio (OT), Nevada; Russell Bodine (C), North Carolina; Conor Boffeli (G), Iowa; Justin Britt (OT), Missouri; Dakota Dozier (OT), Furman; Kadeem Edwards (G), Tennessee State; Matt Feiler (OT), Bloomsburg; Cameron Fleming (OT), Stanford; Zach Fulton (G), Tennessee; Ryan Groy (G), Wisconsin; Jon Halapio (G), Florida; Jonotthan Harrison (C), Florida
Seantrel Henderson (OT), Miami (Fla.); James Hurst (OT), North Carolina; Gabe Ikard (C), Oklahoma; Gabe Jackson (G), Mississippi State; Ja’wuan James (OT), Tennessee; Wesley Johnson (OT), Vanderbilt; Cyrus Kouandjio (OT), Alabama; Tyler Larsen (C), Utah State; Charles Leno (OT), Boise State; Taylor Lewan (OT), Michigan; Brandon Linder (G), Miami (Fla.); Corey Linsley (C), Ohio State; Spencer Long (G), Nebraska; Luke Lucas (OT), Kansas State; Marcus Martin (C), USC; Zack Martin (OT), Notre Dame; Jake Matthews (OT), Texas A&M; Jack Mewhort (OT), Ohio State; Morgan Moses (OT), Virginia; Matt Paradis (C), Boise State; Matt Patchan (OT), Boston College; Antonio Richardson (OT), Tennessee; Cyril Richardson (G), Baylor; Weston Richburg (C), Colorado State; Greg Robinson (OT), Auburn; Michael Schofield (OT), Michigan; Anthony Steen (G), Alabama; James Stone (C), Tennessee; Bryan Stork (C), Florida State; Xavier Su’a-Filo (G), UCLA; Travis Swanson (C), Arkansas; Brandon Thomas (OT), Clemson; Trai Turner (G), LSU; Billy Turner (OT), North Dakota State; John Urschel (G), Penn State; Chris Watt (G), Notre Dame; David Yankey (G), Stanford
next we have the defensive linemen
Jay Bromley (DT), Syracuse; Ryan Carrethers (DT), Arkansas State; Will Clarke (DE), West Virginia; Jadeveon Clowney (DE), South Carolina; DeAndre Coleman (DT), California; Scott Crichton (DE), Oregon State; Aaron Donald (DT), Pittsburgh; Kony Ealy (DE), Missouri; Dominique Easley (DT), Florida; Kasim Edebali (DE), Boston College; Justin Ellis (DT), Louisiana Tech; IK Enemkpali (DE), Louisiana Tech; Ego Ferguson (DT), LSU; Dee Ford (DE), Auburn; James Gayle (DE), Virginia Tech; Ra’Shede Hageman (DT), Minnesota; Taylor Hart (DE), Oregon; Kerry Hyder (DT), Texas Tech; Jackson Jeffcoat (DE), Texas; Timmy Jernigan (DT), Florida State; Anthony Johnson (DT), LSU; DaQuan Jones (DT), Penn State; Howard Jones (DE), Shephard; Zach Kerr (DT), Delaware; Demarcus Lawrence (DE), Boise State; Aaron Lynch (DE), South Florida; Eathyn Manumaleuna (DE), BYU; Cassius Marsh (DE), UCLA; Kareem Martin (DE), North Carolina; Josh Mauro (DE), Stanford; Daniel McCullers (DT), Tennessee; Tevin Mims (DE), South Florida; Zach Moore (DE), Concordia (Minn.); Jonathan Newsome (DE), Ball State; Louis Nix III (DT), Notre Dame; Jeoffrey Pagan (DE), Alabama; Tenny Palepoi (DT), Utah; Mike Pennel (DT), Colorado State-Pueblo; Kelcy Quarles (DT), South Carolina; Kaleb Ramsey (DE), Boston College; Caraun Reid (DT), Princeton; Michael Sam (DE), Missouri; Chris Smith (DE), Arkansas; Marcus Smith (DE), Louisville; Shamar Stephen (DT), Connecticut; Ed Stinson (DE), Alabama; Will Sutton (DT), Arizona State; Robert Thomas (DT), Arkansas; Khyri Thornton (DT), Southern Mississippi; Stephon Tuitt (DE), Notre Dame; George Uko (DE), USC; Brent Urban (DT), Virginia; Larry Webster (DE), Bloomsburg; Ethan Westbrooks (DE), West Texas A&M; Chris Whaley (DT), Texas; Kerry Wynn (DT), Richmond
Jerry Attaochu (OLB), Georgia Tech; Anthony Barr (OLB), UCLA; Lamin Barrow (OLB), LSU; Chris Borland (ILB), Wisconsin; Carl Bradford (OLB), Arizona State; Jonathan Brown (ILB), Illinois; Preston Brown (ILB), Louisville; Max Bullough (ILB), Michigan State; Khairi Fortt (ILB), California; Jeremiah George (ILB), Iowa State; Anthony Hitchens (OLB), Iowa; Adrian Hubbard (OLB), Alabama; Andrew Jackson (ILB), Western Kentucky; Christian Jones (ILB), Florida State; Devon Kennard (OLB), USC; Chris Kirksey (OLB), Iowa; Boseko Lokombo (OLB), Oregon; Khalil Mack (OLB), Buffalo; James Morris (ILB), Iowa; C.J. Mosley (ILB), Alabama; Trent Murphy (OLB), Stanford; Kevin Pierre-Louis (OLB), Boston College; Ronald Powell (OLB), Florida; Trevor Reilly (OLB), Utah; Ryan Shazier (OLB), Ohio State; Prince Shembo (OLB), Notre Dame; Shayne Skov (ILB), Stanford; Yawin Smallwood (OLB), Connecticut; Telvin Smith (ILB), Florida State; Tyler Starr (OLB), South Dakota; Jordan Tripp (OLB), Montana; Uani Unga (ILB), BYU; Kyle Van Noy (OLB), BYU; Avery Williamson (ILB), Kentucky; Jordan Zumwalt (ILB), UCLA
next is defensive backs…
Mo Alexander (SS), Utah State; Ricardo Allen (CB), Purdue; Dion Bailey (SS), USC; Deion Belue (CB), Alabama; Bene Benwikere (CB), San Jose State; Nat Berhe (SS), San Diego State; Tre Boston (SS), North Carolina; Bashaud Breeland (CB), Clemson; Terrence Brooks (FS), Florida State; Deone Bucannon (SS), Washington State; Travis Carrie (CB), Ohio; Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (FS), Alabama; Ross Cockrell (CB), Duke; Aaron Colvin (CB), Oklahoma; Chris Davis (CB), Auburn; Darqueze Dennard (CB), Michigan State; Pierre Desir (CB), Lindenwood; Ahmad Dixon (SS), Baylor; Brandon Dixon (CB), Northwest Missouri State; Jonathan Dowling (SS), Western Kentucky; Antone Exum (CB), Virginia Tech; Kyle Fuller (CB), Virginia Tech; E.J. Gaines (CB), Missouri; Phillip Gaines (CB), Rice; Justin Gilbert (CB), Oklahoma State; Demetri Goodson (CB), Baylor; Dre Hal (CB), Vanderbilt; Victor Hampton (CB), South Carolina; Marqueston Huff (FS), Wyoming; Bennett Jackson (CB), Notre Dame; Kendall James (CB), Maine; Stanley Jean-Baptiste (CB), Nebraska; Dontae Johnson (CB), North Carolina State; LaMarcus Joyner (CB), Florida State; Kenny Ladler (FS), Vanderbilt; Nevin Lawson (CB), Utah State; Isaiah Lewis (SS), Michigan State; Craig Loston (SS), LSU; Dexter McDougle (CB), Maryland; Keith McGill (CB), Utah; Terrance Mitchell (CB), Oregon; Jabari Price (CB), North Carolina; Calvin Pryor (FS), Louisville; Loucheiz Purifoy (CB), Florida; Keith Reaser (CB), Florida Atlantic; Ed Reynolds (FS), Stanford; Rashaad Reynolds (CB), Oregon State; Marcus Roberson (CB), Florida; Bradley Roby (CB), Ohio State; Daniel Sorensen (FS), BYU; Dez Southward (FS), Wisconsin; Vinnie Sunseri (SS), Alabama; Jemea Thomas (CB), Georgia Tech; Brock Vereen (FS), Minnesota; Jason Verrett (CB), TCU; Jimmie Ward (SS), Northern Illinois; Todd Washington (CB), Southeastern Louisiana; Jaylen Watkins (CB), Florida; Lavelle Westbrooks (CB), Georgia Southern
and finally the specialists…
Chris Boswell (K), Rice; Steven Clark (P), Auburn; Anthony Fera (K), Texas; Zach Hocker (K), Arkansas; Tom Hornsey (P), Memphis; Richie Leone (P), Houston; Cody Mandell (P), Alabama; Pat O’Donnell (P), Miami (Fla.); Cairo Santos (K), Tulane; Marcus Heit (LS), Kansas State
So there you have it folks, the entire list of combine invitees.
Everyone and their grandmother knows that the New York Jets currently employ a laughable collection of talent at the wide receiver position. They desperately need to pick up a stud in free agency or in the draft, but their work should not stop there. Due to the influx of underclassmen in the upcoming draft, there will be several quality receivers available late. One of my favorite late-round receivers is Devin Street, the Pittsburgh Panthers' senior wideout. Street wasn't highly recruited out of high school, garnering only a two-star rating from Rivals.com. However, he concluded his college career as one of the most productive receivers in the ACC.
Devin Street is one of the best pass-catchers in the draft. He has absolutely fantastic hands and an uncanny ability to spear the ball at its' highest point. Instead of trying to catch with his chest, he prefers to use his strong hands to tear the ball out of the air, or out of cornerbacks' hands. He has great timing and great coordination, which allows him to win jump balls regularly and adjust to mis-throws. He is a good route runner and can work the sidelines well, displaying the ability to drag his feet several times in his tape. Having dealt with an inconsistent situation at quarterback throughout his time at Pitt, Street has developed a knack for being in the right place while his quarterback improvises, often having to peel off his route to come back to the ball. His size is ideal for a wideout, as his 6'4'' frame provides a lengthy target for the quarterback. While he works the sidelines well, he doesn't shy away from the middle of the field, and actually runs a very polished slant route. As Pitt's all-time leading pass-catcher with 202 career receptions, he obviously boasts a substantial college résumé.
While I don't see it in his tape, the main knock on Street has been sub-par speed. His projected 40-time (4.56) leaves quite a bit to be desired. His height is ideal for a receiver, but he is very lanky. With the trend of bigger cornerbacks seizing the NFL by storm, Street needs to bulk up or risk being bullied around the field. His route running is solid at the collegiate level, but he will need to sharpen up a few portions of the route tree. After a solid junior year, many thought Street could be a 2nd round pick. He was ranked in the top 10 of most receiver lists, but a mildly disappointing 2013 saw him drop down most lists. He dealt with a variety of injuries in his senior year, none chronic but each hindering his expected breakout. Although he was quite durable during his first three years, he will need to prove that he can stay healthy. At the next level, his main issue will be his lack of speed. I think he plays faster than his 40 time, but his lack of jets may force him to be a possession receiver (in the mold of Anquan Boldin) rather than a home run threat. He also isn't too shifty and not much of a threat with the ball after the catch.
How Does He Fit:
Going into the 2014-2015 season, the Jets can afford to bring in as many receivers as possible, in the hope that one or more will surprise. While he doesn't look like he'll ever be a pure #1 WR in the NFL, Street has the size and ball-skills to be a prominent red-zone threat. He might not contribute right away, but Street could be quite a find in the 4th or 5th round.
Time to take a look at another draft prospect. As much as the Jets need weapons on the offensive side of the football, a free safety wouldn’t hurt either. The Jets were beaten by the deep ball a lot last season, as we all painfully watched. A fast guy that can play “center field” and attack the football would help.
In walks Calvin Pryor from Louisville.
Here are his stats from while he was in school:
Defense & Fumbles
*2011 Louisville Big East JR DB 13 31 12 43 3.0 1.0 2 25 12.5 0 7 0 0 0 2
*2012 Louisville Big East JR DB 13 52 48 100 2.5 1.0 2 10 5.0 0 7 1 5 0 5
*2013 Louisville American JR S 3 54 21 75 5.5 0.0 3 26 8.7 0 4 2
These are some initial thoughts from the player’s NFL draft profile:
Pryor might be the most physical football player in the entire draft. Against the run, he is very quick to diagnose and he explodes to the alley. He takes correct angles and he doesn’t need to gear down before securing the tackle. He uncoils his hips on contact and he’s produced several impressive hits this season. Against the pass, he has the instincts and ball skills to play over the top, and he has enough speed/agility to match up in man coverage. He’s a complete safety.
Take a look at some footage:
PROS: His scouting report calls him possibly “the most physical player in the draft”. Not watching everyone it’s hard to say, but he sure is a physical player. He will make offensive players hear footsteps, as when he gets you in his cross-hairs, watch out. He takes the right angle to the football and doesn’t miss.
He also does have good ball skills. When he is roaming, he can get to the football, and he can make a play on that football. He has good hands, and body control to come down in the field of play near the sidelines.
CONS: Watching him tackle, Calvin Pryor is going to have to be careful at times. At least from the footage, he tends to go high a bit, and his shoulder was dangerously close to some blows to the head. He must be careful to watch for personal fouls. There is no evidence of great man to man skills either, although that isn’t the biggest attribute we are looking for in a free safety.
Bottom line, a guy like this might be a nice investment. Pryor can clearly play, and would be an asset to a vulnerable back-end of the Jets’ defense.
Three weeks ago, we presented nine different opinions on whom the New York Jets could select with their 18th overall pick in May’s NFL Draft. Today, we’re giving you eight new predictions, but all from one source: drafttek.com.
What is Drafttek? It’s a website that uses 32 analysts (one for each NFL team) and a proprietary computer model to produce a seven-round mock draft. As such, it should give fans a more complete picture of the people and positions that the Jets may be targeting beyond the first day.
Round 1 — WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M
Of course, we will still start at the beginning where, in line with a few predictions from our initial group of experts, Drafttek has us taking a wide receiver. With Clemson’s Sammy Watkins and USC’s Marqise Lee already off the board, the Jets select Evans.
As a sophomore, the 6’5, 225-pound receiver hauled in 69 receptions for 1,394 yards (20.2 average) and a dozen touchdowns. He played some of his best games against A&M’s toughest opponents, too. His combined statistics in two games vs. Alabama and Auburn, for instance: 18 receptions, 566 yards, 5 touchdowns.
“If Geno Smith is to make a leap in Year 2, then finding him a better supporting cast has to be this team's top priority,” writes Rich Tinley, their Jets analyst. “Mike Evans is a huge target that will tower over most corners. The former high school basketball star uses that size to his advantage in jump balls and contested catches. He did a pretty good job of adjusting to less-than-precise throws and became something of a safety blanket for Johnny Manziel.”
Round 2 — TE Troy Niklas, Notre Dame
Tight end is the next position up for the Green & White. With both Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Winslow Jr. possibly becoming free agents next month, Niklas could fill an offensive need. His statistics are underwhelming with 37 collegiate receptions, but some believe the converted outside linebacker has the size and athleticism to succeed at the NFL level.
Drafttek: “He's more of a conventional TE, the best blocker in this class, but he also has lots of scope to really improve in the passing game. At 6'6" and 270, he can be an every-down player, something that may really appeal to Rex Ryan more than most."
Round 3 — RB Bishop Sankey, Washington, and S Craig Loston, LSU
Thanks to last offseason’s Darrelle Revis trade, we will have two selections (assuming Revis remains on Tampa Bay’s roster three days into the new league year). Following the trend of Picks 1 and 2, our third selection is also a player from an offensive skill position in the form of Sankey.
The 5’10”, 200-pounder averaged just over 25 carries per contest this season, scored at least one rushing touchdown in each of his team’s 13 games and was held under 90 yards on the ground just twice. He’s the best at his position by Drafttek’s rankings, and he’d team up with current RBs Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell to make one heck of a trio.
Eleven picks later, their mock draft has us flipping to the other side of the ball to provide some safety depth with Loston out of LSU. The 6’2”, 205-pounder earned AP All-SEC second-team honors in both his junior and senior seasons, despite missing three games due to injury this past year. He finished his career with 148 tackles (seven for loss) and seven interceptions in 45 games, 24 of them starts.
Round 4 — T JaWuan Jones, Tennessee
After Loston, it’s time to go back to offense, but this time Drafttek has the Jets looking to the trenches with James, a 6’6”, 324-pounder listed as a right tackle. James set a UT offensive line record with 49 starts over his four years with the Vols. He was named to the AP All-SEC second team and played in this year’s Senior Bowl as well.
As for the back end of the mock draft, it’s a mixed bag for the Jets. Wyoming WR Robert Herron (5’10”, 187), Florida LB Ronald Powell (6’4”, 244) and QB Logan Thomas (6’5”, 254) out of Virginia Tech are our fifth-, sixth- and seventh-round Drafttek selections, respectively.
Without a doubt, these names will change in the three months between now and the NFL Draft on May 8, and we’re in no position to claim that Drafttek’s hypotheses are any better than another source you may stumble upon. Still, it’s always interesting to talk about the what-ifs, and it can never hurt to start familiarizing ourselves with the players of the NFL's future one mock draft at a time.
In 1996, I sat down with Keyshawn Johnson for a one-on-one interview at the players' hotel. The following year, I was invited up to Bill Belichick's hotel room to interview him during his brief run as the coach of the New York Jets -- a few days before they received permission to hire Bill Parcells. Unless he was acting, Belichick looked and sounded like he was ready to dive in as HC of the NYJ.
Those were the days when the NFL scouting combine wasn't a major media event, when one-on-one interviews were possible and everything wasn't orchestrated by the league. Now the combine is a mini-Super Bowl, with live television, a "radio row" and wall-to-wall news conferences. You might say it's less intimate than the old days, but to use one of Belichick's pet expressions, it is what it is.
The fun starts Wednesday in Indianapolis. For the record, ESPNNewYork.com is scheduled to be on the ground late Wednesday, providing updates through the weekend.
Wednesday's combine schedule:
Placekickers, special teamers, offensive linemen and tight ends arrive. There's a medical pre-exam, X-rays, orientation and team interviews. No formal media sessions are scheduled.
2014 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE
The 2014 NFL scouting combine is Feb. 19-25 in Indianapolis.
• Combine daily schedule
• List of invitees
• NFL draft home
One of the most laughable aspects of the combine is how teams fall in love with prospects based on how well they run and jump and lift weights, forgetting the most important part of the evaluation process is ... you know, how they play football. You will hear coaches and team officials insist they don't place added emphasis on the combine, but they're all guilty of it, including the Jets, who unwittingly provided the rest of the league with the cautionary tale.
Gholston blew up the combine in 2008, running the 40 in 4.67 seconds after weighing in at 266 pounds -- freakishly fast for a man that size. He also did 37 reps on the bench press and, just like that, the Jets were smitten. They picked him sixth overall and you know the rest. Right now, I can say I have as many sacks as Gholston, whose career flamed out after three years.
The Jets learned a hard lesson, but they did it again in 2012 with Stephen Hill. His measurables were off the charts -- a 6-4 wide receiver and a 4.36 time in the 40, the 40th-fastest 40 in combine history, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Seduced by those numbers, the Jets' scouts bet on Hill's potential, overlooking his limited production in college. He was given a mid-first-round grade and selected high in the second round. You know the rest.
So here we go: In Indianapolis, a city famous for speed, the mantra for the week will be, "Gentlemen, start your stop watches."