NFL Combine Roster 2013: Invite List and Top Prospects to Watch

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIFebruary 20, 2013

MORGANTOWN, WV - NOVEMBER 17:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers drops back to pass against the Oklahoma Sooners during the game on November 17, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine gets underway on Wednesday, and with so many prospective pros on the invite list, it's worth distinguishing which ones will be the most intriguing to watch.

The first few days of action will consist of medical evaluations, interviews and meetings with the media, with the real measurable drills getting underway over the weekend.

Some players will get a chance to showcase their incredible athleticism, which could increase their stock significantly even though NFL teams have already put in countless hours of film study on many of these players.

Here is a breakdown of the top players to watch for—which includes some surefire workout warriors and polarizing figures. That is then followed by a complete list of the combine invitees (courtesy


Top Prospects to Watch

Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

The former Mountaineers standout did not participate in the Senior Bowl, which essentially helped his draft stock due to the relatively unimpressive showings in Mobile.

But Smith will throw at the combine, which will give scouts an opportunity to see him spin it without the benefit of having his favorite receivers at his disposal. This is a wise move by Smith, whose numbers likely benefited in college from the spread scheme and weapons like Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin around him.

A good showing here would almost guarantee that he will be the first quarterback off the board in April, especially with prolific USC passer Matt Barkley still nursing an injury to his throwing shoulder.

It's a good bet that Smith will look very sharp.

Despite the lack of familiarity with the players he'll be throwing to, the drills should acccentuate his pinpoint accuracy. But it will be interesting to see how strong his arm is compared to the other prospects.


Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina

As gruesome as the knee injury he suffered last college football season looked, reports about Lattimore have been beaming with positivity and optimism.

As documented by Brian McConchie of, Lattimore appeared on the University of South Carolina's "Inside the Roost" to discuss how he is recovering.

Lattimore said he is way ahead of schedule in his recovery from knee surgery, and the doctors who evaluate him at this week's NFL combine "will be shocked, I can tell you that."

That's certainly great news for Gamecocks fans who want to see their former star running back do well, and it's a nice surprise for casual fans who are intrigued by Lattimore's talent.

Lattimore simply has a nose for the end zone and blends a nice combination of power and speed into his game. He has also shown the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, and when healthy, he was clearly one of the premier talents at his position in college football.

His draft stock has taken a hit due to health concerns as expected. However, should he check out well medically and put on a solid showing in whatever drills he does, he is among the prospects who have the most to gain this week.


Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas

With a chance to show sub-4.3 speed in the 40-yard dash and outstanding agility, there is little question that Goodwin will dazzle in Lucas Oil Stadium.

Goodwin showed flashes of brilliance during the week of the Senior Bowl, but will really have a chance to strut his stuff here.

His lack of production in college is a concern, as he never caught more than 33 passes in any of his seasons with the Longhorns. That said, he has the ability to make an instant impact at the professional level —even if it's as a returner.

What makes Goodwin especially exciting is how lethal he could become working out of the slot. West Virginia's Tavon Austin may be getting a lot of the well-deserved hype in that regard, but Goodwin may steal the show from  the electrifying former Mountaineer.

How often does an Olympic qualifier like Goodwin (h/t CBS Sports) have a legitimate chance at making it in the NFL, after all?


Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU

There are few prospects that are as raw as Ansah, but few that are so physically imposing and enticing of a first-round flier.

At 6’6” and 270 pounds, perhaps only SMU’s Margus Hunt rivals Ansah’s combination of size and speed. But thanks to that type of quick-twitch ability, it is possible for Ansah to play either defensive end or line up as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.

Ansah will be another prospect whose interview process will be interesting to dissect for teams. If they think he is worth the plunge, it could land a franchise the league’s next star pass-rusher.

What is encouraging is's draft profile of Ansah, which indicates how far his technique has come in such a short amount of time. So it becomes a question of how long teams are willing to be patient with Ansah before he ultimately thrives.

What’s for sure is that the workout portion of the combine will be filled with plenty of “Wow!” moments, courtesy of the former Cougars standout.


Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia 

His Bulldog teammate Jarvis Jones gets more hype and has his draft stock a bit higher at this point, but Ogletree has a chance to be just as good, if not better, in the pros.

What sets Ogletree apart is his incredible speed, which could translate well to the inside or outside at the NFL level. He began his career at Georgia as a safety, which gives an indication as to how athletic he is.

But as with several high-upside picks, Ogletree does bring some off-field concerns to the table. He was suspended four games in 2012 for failing a drug test (h/t ESPN), and was recently charged with a DUI in Arizona according to Pro Football Talk.

Despite those missed games, Ogletree still led the Bulldogs in tackles, and has all the tools to thrive wherever he winds up. It simply depends on how willing teams will be to take a risk on him.

His workout will be a spectacle, but what might be most intriguing are the reports that come out during the combine relating to how he interviewed with teams.


Complete Invite List for 2013 NFL Scouting Combine

* = denotes junior

Name Position School
Oday Aboushi OL Virginia
Johnny Adams DB Michigan State
Robert Alford DB Southeastern Louisiana
Keenan Allen* WR California
Zach Allen K North Carolina State
Kiko Alonso LB Oregon
David Amerson* DB North Carolina State
CJ Anderson RB California
Ziggy Ansah DL Brigham Young
Marc Anthony DB California
Terron Armstead OL Arkansas-Pinebluff
Tavon Austin WR West Virginia
Jeff Baca OL UCLA
Alvin Bailey* OL Arkansas
Stedman Bailey* WR West Virginia
David Bakhtiari* OL Colorado
Montee Ball RB


Johnthan Banks DB Mississippi State
Chris Barker OL Nevada
Matt Barkley QB Southern California
Kenjon Barner RB Oregon
TJ Barnes DL Georgia Tech
Sam Barrington LB South Florida
David Bass DL Missouri Western State
Steve Beauharnais LB Rutgers
Nick Becton OL Virginia Tech
LeVeon Bell* RB Michigan State
Giovani Bernard* RB North Carolina
Tommy Bohanon RB Wake Forest
Travis Bond OL North Carolina
Alan Bonner WR Jacksonville State (Ala.)
Zach Boren LB Ohio State
Jonathan Bostic LB Florida
Josh Boyce WR Texas Christian
Josh Boyd DL Mississippi State
John Boyett DB Oregon
Tyler Bray* QB Tennessee
Dylan Breeding K Arkansas
Arthur Brown LB Kansas State
Braden Brown OL Brigham Young
Marlon Brown WR Georgia
Armonty Bryant DL East Central
Mike Buchanan DL Illinois
Rex Burkhead RB Nebraska
Adrian Bushell DB Louisville
Colby Cameron QB Louisiana Tech
Anthony Cantele K Kansas State
Tank Carradine DL Florida State
Braxston Cave OL Notre Dame
Emmett Cleary OL Boston College
Jamie Collins LB Southern Mississippi
Sanders Commings DB Georgia
Jonathan Cooper OL North Carolina
Bobby Cowan K Idaho
Justice Cunningham TE South Carolina
Johnathan Cyprien DB Florida International
Knile Davis* RB Arkansas
Marcus Davis WR Virginia Tech
Will Davis DB Utah State
Everett Dawkins DL Florida State
Jordan Devey OL Memphis
Quinton Dial DL Alabama
Aaron Dobson WR Marshall
Alex Dunnachie K Hawaii
Zac Dysert QB Miami (Ohio)
Lavar Edwards DL Louisiana State
Mike Edwards* DB Hawaii
Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame
Matt Elam* DB Florida
Andre Ellington RB Clemson
Zach Ertz* TE Stanford
Gavin Escobar* TE San Diego State
Josh Evans DB Florida
Chris Faulk* OL Louisiana State
Joseph Fauria TE UCLA
Eric Fisher OL Central Michigan
Sharrif Floyd DL Florida
DJ Fluker OL Alabama
Manase Foketi OL West Texas A&M
Michael Ford* RB Louisiana State
Reid Fragel OL Ohio State
Johnathan Franklin RB UCLA
Travis Frederick* OL Wisconsin
Corey Fuller WR Virginia Tech
Matt Furstenburg TE Maryland
Rogers Gaines OL Tennessee State
Kwame Geathers* DL Georgia
William Gholston* DL Michigan State
Garrett Gilkey OL Chadron State
Mike Gillislee RB Florida
Mike Glennon QB North Carolina State
Tyrone Goard WR Eastern Kentucky
Zaviar Gooden LB Missouri
Malliciah Goodman DL Clemson
Marquise Goodwin WR Texas
Chris Gragg TE Arkansas
Ray Graham RB Pittsburgh
Dwayne Gratz DB Connecticut
Marqueis Gray QB Minnesota
Khaseem Greene LB Rutgers
Cory Grissom DL South Florida
Cobi Hamilton WR Arkansas
Johnathan Hankins DL Ohio State
Chris Harper WR Kansas State
DJ Harper RB Boise State
Montel Harris RB Temple
Mark Harrison WR Rutgers
Tanner Hawkinson OL Kansas
Terry Hawthorne DB Illinois
DJ Hayden DB Houston
Brandon Hepburn LB Florida A&M
Eric Herman OL Ohio
Aaron Hester DB UCLA
Jordan Hill DL Penn State
Gerald Hodges LB Penn State
Devonte Holloman LB South Carolina
Khaled Holmes OL Southern California
DeAndre Hopkins* WR Clemson
Dustin Hopkins K Florida State
Josh Hubner K Arizona State
Montori Hughes DL Tennessee-Martin
Margus Hunt DL SMU
Justin Hunter* WR Tennessee
Micah Hyde DB Iowa
Luke Ingram ST Hawaii
Mark Jackson OL Glenville State
Mike James RB Miami (Fla.)
Jawan Jamison* RB Rutgers
DC Jefferson TE Rutgers
Stefphon Jefferson* RB Nevada
Tony Jefferson* DB Oklahoma
Brandon Jenkins DL Florida State
Jelani Jenkins LB Florida
John Jenkins DL Georgia
Luke Joeckel* OL Texas A&M
TJ Johnson OL South Carolina
Darius Johnson WR SMU
Lane Johnson OL Oklahoma
Jay Jay Johnson DB Purdue
Keelan Johnson DB Florida State
Nico Johnson LB Alabama
Oscar Johnson OL Louisiana Tech
Jamaal Johnson-Webb OL Alabama A&M
Abry Jones DL Georgia
Barrett Jones OL Alabama
Chris Jones DL Bowling Green
Datone Jones DL UCLA
Jarvis Jones* LB Georgia
Landry Jones QB Oklahoma
Dion Jordan DL Oregon
Nick Kasa TE Colorado
Brandon Kaufman* WR Eastern Washington
Travis Kelce TE Cincinnati
Tavarres King WR Georgia
AJ Klein LB Iowa State
Collin Klein QB Kansas State
Jake Knott LB Iowa State
Scott Kovanda K Ball State
Joe Kruger* DL Utah
Edmund Kugbila OL Valdosta State
Eddie Lacy* RB Alabama
Marcus Lattimore* RB South Carolina
Alec Lemon WR Syracuse
Corey Lemonier* DL Auburn
Robert Lester DB Alabama
Kapron Lewis-Moore DL Notre Dame
Zach Line RB SMU
Jeff Locke K UCLA
Bennie Logan* DL Louisiana State
PJ Lonergan OL Louisiana State
Kyle Long OL Oregon
John Lotulelei LB UNLV
Star Lotulelei DL Utah
Philip Lutzenkirchen TE Auburn
Joe Madsen OL West Virginia
Lamar Mady OL Youngstown
Brandon Magee LB Arizona State
Brett Maher K Nebraska
EJ Manuel QB Florida State
Stansly Maponga* DL Texas Christian
Luke Marquardt OL Azusa Pacific
Tyrann Mathieu* DB Louisiana State
Michael Mauti LB Penn State
Miguel Maysonet RB Stony Brook
Onterio McCalebb RB Auburn
Demetrius McCray DB Appalachian State
Lerentee McCray LB Florida
TJ McDonald DB Southern California
Vance McDonald TE Rice
Bradley McDougald DB Kansas
Leon McFadden DB San Diego State
Brandon McGee DB Miami (Fla.)
Stacy McGee DL Oklahoma
Aaron Mellette WR Elon
Christine Michael RB Texas A&M
Rontez Miles DB California University (Pa.)
Stephane Milhim OL Massachusetts-Amherst
Dee Milliner DB Alabama
Jordan Mills OL Louisiana Tech
Barkevious Mingo DL Louisiana State
Kevin Minter LB Louisiana State
TJ Moe WR Missouri
Sam Montgomery DL Louisiana State
Nick Moody LB Florida State
Damontre Moore DL Texas A&M
Sio Moore LB Connecticut
Zeke Motta DB Notre Dame
Ryan Nassib QB Syracuse
Xavier Nixon OL Florida
Alec Ogletree* LB Georgia
Alex Okafor DL Texas
Ryan Otten TE San Jose State
Vince Painter OL Virginia Tech
Chris Pantale TE Boston College
Cordarrelle Patterson* WR Tennessee
Quinton Patton WR Louisiana Tech
Sean Porter LB Texas A&M
Keith Pough LB Howard
Ty Powell DL Harding
Jordan Poyer DB Oregon State
Lonnie Pryor RB Florida State
Justin Pugh OL Syracuse
David Quessenberry OL San Jose State
Bacarri Rambo DB Georgia
Joseph Randle* RB Oklahoma State
Kevin Reddick LB North Carolina
Jordan Reed* TE Florida
Eric Reid* DB Louisiana State
Greg Reid* DB Florida State
Sean Renfree QB Duke
Xavier Rhodes* DB Florida State
Sheldon Richardson* DL Missouri
Theo Riddick RB Notre Dame
Mychal Rivera TE Tennessee
Nickell Robey* DB Southern California
Denard Robinson WR Michigan
Darick Rogers WR Tennessee Tech
Robbie Rouse RB Fresno State
Logan Ryan* DB Rutgers
Etienne Sabino LB Ohio State
Lanear Sampson WR Baylor
Ace Sanders* WR South Carolina
Brian Schwenke OL California
Matt Scott QB Arizona
Quinn Sharp K Oklahoma State
Kawann Short DL Purdue
John Simon DL Ohio State
Tharold Simon* DB Louisiana Tech
Dion Sims* TE Michigan State
Jamoris Slaughter DB Notre Dame
Darius Slay DB Mississippi State
Geno Smith QB West Virginia
Jared Smith DL New Hampshire
Quanterus Smith DL Western Kentucky
Rodney Smith WR Florida State
Brad Sorensen QB Southern Utah
Ryan Spadola WR Lehigh
Akeem Spence* DL Illinois
Damion Square DL Alabama
Zac Stacy RB Vanderbilt
Daimion Stafford DB Nebraska
Matt Stankiewitch OL Penn State
Jawanza Starling DB Southern California
Johnathan Stewart LB Texas A&M
Walt Stewart DL Cincinnati
Kenny Stills* WR Oklahoma
Jake Stoneburner TE Ohio State
Caleb Sturgis K Florida
Daxton Swanson DB Sam Houston State
DJ Swearinger DB South Carolina
Rod Sweeting DB Georgia Tech
Ryan Swope WR Texas A&M
Bruce Taylor LB Virginia Tech
Devin Taylor DL South Carolina
Jamar Taylor DB Boise State
Stepfan Taylor RB Stanford
Manti Te'o LB Notre Dame
Dallas Thomas OL Tennessee
Chase Thomas LB Stanford
Phillip Thomas DB Fresno State
Shamarko Thomas DB Syracuse
Kenbrell Thompkins WR Cincinnati
Christopher Thompson RB Florida State
Hugh Thornton OL Illinois
Levine Toilolo* TE Stanford
JC Tretter OL Cornell
Desmond Trufant DB Washington
Matthew Tucker RB Texas Christian
Kenny Vaccaro DB Texas
James Vandenberg QB Iowa
Conner Vernon WR Duke
Ricky Wagner OL Wisconsin
Spencer Ware* RB Louisiana State
Larry Warford OL Kentucky
Chance Warmack OL Alabama
Cornelius Washington LB Georgia
Earl Watford OL James Madison
Menelik Watson* OL Florida State
Jason Weaver OL Southern Mississippi
BW Webb DB William & Mary
Kayvon Webster DB South Florida
Bjoern Werner DL Florida State
John Wetzel OL Boston College
Markus Wheaton WR Oregon State
JJ Wilcox DB Georgia Southern
Brandon Williams DL Missouri Southern State
Brennan Williams OL North Carolina
Jesse Williams DL Alabama
Kerwynn Williams RB Utah State
Duke Williams DB Nevada
Nate Williams DL Ohio State
Nick Williams DL Samford
Shawn Williams DB Georgia
Steve Williams DB California
Sylvester Williams DL North Carolina
Terrance Williams WR Baylor
Tourek Williams DL Florida International
Trevardo Williams DL Connecticut
Braden Wilson RB Kansas State
Tyler Wilson QB Arkansas
Marquess Wilson* WR Washington State
Brad Wing* K Louisiana State
George Winn RB Cincinnati
Brian Winters OL Kent State
Earl Wolff DB North Carolina State
Cierre Wood* RB Notre Dame
Robert Woods* WR Southern California
Khalid Wooten DB Nevada
Tom Wort* LB Oklahoma
Blidi Wreh-Wilson DB Connecticut


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