NFL Combine Roster 2014: Invite List and Top Prospects to Watch

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NFL Combine Roster 2014: Invite List and Top Prospects to Watch
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With 355 prospects—including 85 underclassmen—on the invite list for the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, the league's annual trip to Indianapolis promises to give draft enthusiasts and scouts all the action they can handle.   

The 85 underclassmen participating is a new record, and Mike McCartney of Priority Sports shows a steep incline of underclassmen at the combine over the course of the past eight years:

While the influx of young players makes this year's draft extremely deep, some of the underclassmen would have likely been better off staying in school another year. This is a sentiment shared by Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert, as relayed by Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

The evaluations begin in earnest on Wednesday with the first group arriving for medical examinations, orientations and interviews, with a new group filing in the next three days.

The on-field tests will commence starting on Saturday, running until Tuesday.   

 

When: Feb. 22 to Feb. 25

Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.

Watch: NFL Network

Live Stream: NFL Network Online

Positional Groups: 

  • Saturday, Feb. 22: Tight ends, offensive linemen, special teams 
  • Sunday, Feb. 23: Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers 
  • Monday, Feb. 24: Defensive linemen, linebackers 
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25: Defensive backs 

 

Invite List

POS. PLAYER
QB Blake Bortles, Central Florida
QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson
QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
QB Derek Carr, Fresno State
QB David Fales, San Jose State
QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois
QB Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
QB Jeff Mathews (throwing QB), Cornell
QB AJ McCarron, Alabama
QB Zach Mettenberger, LSU
QB Stephen Morris, Miami (Fla.)
QB Aaron Murray, Georgia
QB Bryn Renner (throwing QB), North Carolina
QB Tom Savage, Pittsburgh
QB Connor Shaw, South Carolina
QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
QB Dustin Vaughan (throwing QB), West Texas A&M
QB Keith Wenning, Ball State
RB Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky
RB Dri Archer, Kent State
RB George Atkinson, Notre Dame
RB Kapri Bibbs, Colorado State
RB Alfred Blue, LSU
RB Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona
RB J.C. Copeland (FB), LSU
RB Tim Cornett, UNLV
RB Isaiah Crowell, Alabama State
RB Timothy Flanders, Sam Houston State
RB David Fluellen, Toledo
RB Devonta Freeman, Florida State
RB Tyler Gaffney, Stanford
RB Marion Grice, Arizona State
RB Ryan Hewitt (FB), Stanford
RB Jeremy Hill, LSU
RB Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
RB Storm Johnson, Central Florida
RB Henry Josey, Missouri
RB Tre Mason, Auburn
RB Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern
RB Trey Millard (FB), Oklahoma
RB Adam Muema, San Diego State
RB LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State
RB Silas Redd, USC
RB Bishop Sankey, Washington
RB Lache Seastrunk, Baylor
RB Charles Sims, West Virginia
RB Jerome Smith, Syracuse
RB Lorenzo Taliaferro, Coastal Carolina
RB De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon
RB Terrance West, Towson
RB James White, Wisconsin
RB James Wilder, Florida State
RB Andre Williams, Boston College
RB Damien Williams, Oklahoma
WR Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
WR Davante Adams, Fresno State
WR Odell Beckham, LSU
WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
WR Chris Boyd, Vanderbilt
WR Corey Brown, Ohio State
WR John Brown, Pittsburg State
WR Martavis Bryant, Clemson
WR Isaiah Burse, Fresno State
WR Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest
WR Brandon Coleman, Rutgers
WR Kain Colter, Northwestern
WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
WR Damian Copeland, Louisville
WR Mike Davis, Texas
WR Bruce Ellington, South Carolina
WR Quincy Enunwa, Nebraska
WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M
WR Shaq Evans, UCLA
WR Bennie Fowler, Michigan State
WR Austin Franklin, New Mexico State
WR Jeremy Gallon, Michigan
WR Ryan Grant, Tulane
WR Matt Hazel, Coastal Carolina
WR Robert Herron, Wyoming
WR Cody Hoffman, BYU
WR Josh Huff, Oregon
WR Allen Hurns, Miami (Fla.)
WR Jeff Janis, Saginaw Valley State
WR TJ Jones, Notre Dame
WR Jarvis Landry, LSU
WR Cody Latimer, Indiana
WR Marqise Lee, USC
WR Marcus Lucas, Missouri
WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
WR Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss
WR Kevin Norwood, Alabama
WR Walt Powell, Murray State
WR Tevin Reese, Baylor
WR Paul Robinson, Colorado
WR Allen Robinson, Penn State
WR Jalen Saunders, Oklahoma
WR Willie Snead, Ball State
WR Josh Stewart, Oklahoma State
WR Devin Street, Pittsburgh
WR L'Damian Washington, Missouri
WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson
WR Albert Wilson, Georgia State
TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
TE Rob Blanchflower, Massachusetts
TE Trey Burton, Florida
TE Anthony Denham, Utah
TE Joe Don Duncan, Dixie State
TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina
TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa
TE Crockett Gillmore, Colorado State
TE Xavier Grimble, USC
TE Nic Jacobs, McNeese State
TE Marcel Jensen, Fresno State
TE Reggie Jordan, Missouri Western State
TE A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State
TE Colt Lyerla, Oregon
TE Arthur Lynch, Georgia
TE Jake Murphy, Utah
TE Jordan Najvar, Baylor
TE Troy Niklas, Notre Dame
TE Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin
TE Richard Rodgers, California
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
TE D.J. Tialavea, Utah State
OL Matt Armstrong (C), Grand Valley State
OL Joel Bitonio (OT), Nevada
OL Russell Bodine (C), North Carolina
OL Conor Boffeli (G), Iowa
OL Justin Britt (OT), Missouri
OL Dakota Dozier (OT), Furman
OL Kadeem Edwards (G), Tennessee State
OL Matt Feiler (OT), Bloomsburg
OL Cameron Fleming (OT), Stanford
OL Zach Fulton (G), Tennessee
OL Ryan Groy (G), Wisconsin
OL Jon Halapio (G), Florida
OL Jonotthan Harrison (C), Florida
OL Seantrel Henderson (OT), Miami (Fla.)
OL James Hurst (OT), North Carolina
OL Gabe Ikard (C), Oklahoma
OL Gabe Jackson (G), Mississippi State
OL Ja'wuan James (OT), Tennessee
OL Wesley Johnson (OT), Vanderbilt
OL Cyrus Kouandjio (OT), Alabama
OL Tyler Larsen (C), Utah State
OL Charles Leno (OT), Boise State
OL Taylor Lewan (OT), Michigan
OL Brandon Linder (G), Miami (Fla.)
OL Spencer Long (G), Nebraska
OL Cornelius Lucas (OT), Kansas State
OL Marcus Martin (C), USC
OL Zack Martin (OT), Notre Dame
OL Jake Matthews (OT), Texas A&M
OL Jack Mewhort (OT), Ohio State
OL Morgan Moses (OT), Virginia
OL Matt Paradis (C), Boise State
OL Matt Patchan (OT), Boston College
OL Antonio Richardson (OT), Tennessee
OL Cyril Richardson (G), Baylor
OL Weston Richburg (C), Colorado State
OL Greg Robinson (OT), Auburn
OL Michael Schofield (OT), Michigan
OL Anthony Steen (G), Alabama
OL James Stone (C), Tennessee
OL Bryan Stork (C), Florida State
OL Xavier Su'a-Filo (G), UCLA
OL Travis Swanson (C), Arkansas
OL Brandon Thomas (OT), Clemson
OL Trai Turner (G), LSU
OL Billy Turner (OT), North Dakota State
OL John Urschel (G), Penn State
OL Chris Watt (G), Notre Dame
OL David Yankey (G), Stanford
DL Jay Bromley (DT), Syracuse
DL Ryan Carrethers (DT), Arkansas State
DL Will Clarke (DE), West Virginia
DL Jadeveon Clowney (DE), South Carolina
DL DeAndre Coleman (DT), California
DL Scott Crichton (DE), Oregon State
DL Aaron Donald (DT), Pittsburgh
DL Kony Ealy (DE), Missouri
DL Dominique Easley (DT), Florida
DL Kasim Edebali (DE), Boston College
DL Justin Ellis (DT), Louisiana Tech
DL IK Enemkpali (DE), Louisiana Tech
DL Ego Ferguson (DT), LSU
DL Dee Ford (DE), Auburn
DL James Gayle (DE), Virginia Tech
DL Ra'Shede Hageman (DT), Minnesota
DL Taylor Hart (DE), Oregon
DL Kerry Hyder (DT), Texas Tech
DL Jackson Jeffcoat (DE), Texas
DL Timmy Jernigan (DT), Florida State
DL Anthony Johnson (DT), LSU
DL DaQuan Jones (DT), Penn State
DL Howard Jones (DE), Shephard
DL Zach Kerr (DT), Delaware
DL Demarcus Lawrence (DE), Boise State
DL Aaron Lynch (DE), South Florida
DL Eathyn Manumaleuna (DE), BYU
DL Cassius Marsh (DE), UCLA
DL Kareem Martin (DE), North Carolina
DL Josh Mauro (DE), Stanford
DL Daniel McCullers (DT), Tennessee
DL Tevin Mims (DE), South Florida
DL Zach Moore (DE), Concordia (Minn.)
DL Jonathan Newsome (DE), Ball State
DL Louis Nix III (DT), Notre Dame
DL Jeoffrey Pagan (DE), Alabama
DL Tenny Palepoi (DT), Utah
DL Mike Pennel (DT), Colorado State-Pueblo
DL Kelcy Quarles (DT), South Carolina
DL Kaleb Ramsey (DE), Boston College
DL Caraun Reid (DT), Princeton
DL Michael Sam (DE), Missouri
DL Chris Smith (DE), Arkansas
DL Marcus Smith (DE), Louisville
DL Shamar Stephen (DT), Connecticut
DL Ed Stinson (DE), Alabama
DL Will Sutton (DT), Arizona State
DL Robert Thomas (DT), Arkansas
DL Khyri Thornton (DT), Southern Mississippi
DL Stephon Tuitt (DE), Notre Dame
DL George Uko (DE), USC
DL Brent Urban (DT), Virginia
DL Larry Webster (DE), Bloomsburg
DL Ethan Westbrooks (DE), West Texas A&M
DL Chris Whaley (DT), Texas
DL Kerry Wynn (DT), Richmond
LB Jerry Attaochu (OLB), Georgia Tech
LB Anthony Barr (OLB), UCLA
LB Lamin Barrow (OLB), LSU
LB Chris Borland (ILB), Wisconsin
LB Carl Bradford (OLB), Arizona State
LB Jonathan Brown (ILB), Illinois
LB Preston Brown (ILB), Louisville
LB Max Bullough (ILB), Michigan State
LB Khairi Fortt (ILB), California
LB Jeremiah George (ILB), Iowa State
LB Anthony Hitchens (OLB), Iowa
LB Adrian Hubbard (OLB), Alabama
LB Andrew Jackson (ILB), Western Kentucky
LB Christian Jones (ILB), Florida State
LB Devon Kennard (OLB), USC
LB Chris Kirksey (OLB), Iowa
LB Boseko Lokombo (OLB), Oregon
LB Khalil Mack (OLB), Buffalo
LB James Morris (ILB), Iowa
LB C.J. Mosley (ILB), Alabama
LB Trent Murphy (OLB), Stanford
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (OLB), Boston College
LB Ronald Powell (OLB), Florida
LB Trevor Reilly (OLB), Utah
LB Ryan Shazier (OLB), Ohio State
LB Prince Shembo (OLB), Notre Dame
LB Shayne Skov (ILB), Stanford
LB Yawin Smallwood (OLB), Connecticut
LB Telvin Smith (ILB), Florida State
LB Tyler Starr (OLB), South Dakota
LB Jordan Tripp (OLB), Montana
LB Uani Unga (ILB), BYU
LB Kyle Van Noy (OLB), BYU
LB Avery Williamson (ILB), Kentucky
LB Jordan Zumwalt (ILB), UCLA
DB Mo Alexander (SS), Utah State
DB Ricardo Allen (CB), Purdue
DB Dion Bailey (SS), USC
DB Deion Belue (CB), Alabama
DB Bene Benwikere (CB), San Jose State
DB Nat Berhe (SS), San Diego State
DB Tre Boston (SS), North Carolina
DB Bashaud Breeland (CB), Clemson
DB Terrence Brooks (FS), Florida State
DB Deone Bucannon (SS), Washington State
DB Travis Carrie (CB), Ohio
DB Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (FS), Alabama
DB Ross Cockrell (CB), Duke
DB Aaron Colvin (CB), Oklahoma
DB Chris Davis (CB), Auburn
DB Darqueze Dennard (CB), Michigan State
DB Pierre Desir (CB), Lindenwood
DB Ahmad Dixon (SS), Baylor
DB Brandon Dixon (CB), Northwest Missouri State
DB Jonathan Dowling (SS), Western Kentucky
DB Antone Exum (CB), Virginia Tech
DB Kyle Fuller (CB), Virginia Tech
DB E.J. Gaines (CB), Missouri
DB Phillip Gaines (CB), Rice
DB Justin Gilbert (CB), Oklahoma State
DB Demetri Goodson (CB), Baylor
DB Dre Hal (CB), Vanderbilt
DB Victor Hampton (CB), South Carolina
DB Marqueston Huff (FS), Wyoming
DB Bennett Jackson (CB), Notre Dame
DB Kendall James (CB), Maine
DB Stanley Jean-Baptiste (CB), Nebraska
DB Dontae Johnson (CB), North Carolina State
DB LaMarcus Joyner (CB), Florida State
DB Kenny Ladler (FS), Vanderbilt
DB Nevin Lawson (CB), Utah State
DB Isaiah Lewis (SS), Michigan State
DB Craig Loston (SS), LSU
DB Dexter McDougle (CB), Maryland
DB Keith McGill (CB), Utah
DB Terrance Mitchell (CB), Oregon
DB Jabari Price (CB), North Carolina
DB Calvin Pryor (FS), Louisville
DB Loucheiz Purifoy (CB), Florida
DB Keith Reaser (CB), Florida Atlantic
DB Ed Reynolds (FS), Stanford
DB Rashaad Reynolds (CB), Oregon State
DB Marcus Roberson (CB), Florida
DB Bradley Roby (CB), Ohio State
DB Daniel Sorensen (FS), BYU
DB Dez Southward (FS), Wisconsin
DB Vinnie Sunseri (SS), Alabama
DB Jemea Thomas (CB), Georgia Tech
DB Brock Vereen (FS), Minnesota
DB Jason Verrett (CB), TCU
DB Jimmie Ward (SS), Northern Illinois
DB Todd Washington (CB), Southeastern Louisiana
DB Jaylen Watkins (CB), Florida
DB Lavelle Westbrooks (CB), Georgia Southern
ST Chris Boswell (K), Rice
ST Steven Clark (P), Auburn
ST Anthony Fera (K), Texas
ST Marcus Heit (LS), Kansas State
ST Zach Hocker (K), Arkansas
ST Tom Hornsey (P), Memphis
ST Richie Leone (P), Houston
ST Cody Mandell (P), Alabama
ST Pat O'Donnell (P), Miami (Fla.)
ST Cairo Santos (K), Tulane

NFL.com

 

Top Prospects to Watch

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

Johnny Manziel will attract hoards of media attention, but he's not going to throw at this year's combine per agent Erik Burkhardt:

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Everyone already knows he's a talented athlete with speed, so he's not going to do his draft stock any favors on the field in Indy.

Teddy Bridgewater, on the other hand, has a chance to change a few perceptions about his skill set at Lucas Oil Stadium. He's set to throw, run and everything else in between at the combine, which is certainly in his best interest.

Despite the fact that Bridgewater showed proficiency, leadership and gobs of talent during his tenure at Louisville, there are plenty of evaluators who aren't wowed by what he brings to the pro game. NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah is one of them:

The thing with Bridgewater is he is solid in all areas, but he doesn't have that wow characteristic. He doesn't have off-the-charts size. He doesn't have a humongous arm. He's not a great athlete. He's good, he is proficient in all these different areas.

Bridgewater can change this perception with a faster-than-expected 40 time, an excellent throwing session and by showing up to the combine with an impressive upper-body physique.

Given his known leadership qualities, he'll force Houston to consider taking him over Manziel or Blake Bortles with the No. 1 overall pick if he can impress at the combine. 

 

Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

Wide receiver Sammy Watkins can potentially make himself a lot of money by putting up big numbers at the combine. 

He's already considered by most draft analysts as this year's premier receiver. Legend Greg Cosell of NFL Films called him potentially the best prospect since Julio Jones and A.J. Green, per CollegeFootball 24/7:

But if Watkins comes out and puts down a blazing-fast 40 time—say in the sub-4.40-second range—then he'll be even more highly coveted and could go extremely high in Round 1. 

If so, then the St. Louis Rams at No. 2 could potentially be a destination for the talented receiver, and it would be utterly shocking if he ends up sliding past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 7. 

 

Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

Like Watkins, tight end Eric Ebron out of North Carolina has a chance to boost his stock by showcasing his speed, athleticism and explosiveness at the combine. 

A player some have compared to San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, Ebron isn't expected to post Davis-type numbers at the combine, but he could come close. For his part, the young prospect isn't lacking confidence in his ability to scorch.

He told CollegeFootball 24/7 (via Mike Huguenin of NFL.com) that he plans on showing up at 250 pounds, adding that his size/speed mix "should be illegal." He continued, "I'm going to continue to run around illegally."

If Ebron can log a 40 time in the 4.50-4.55-second range, then he'll cement himself as a potential top-10 pick in the 2014 NFL draft. 

 

Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

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Auburn's Greg Robinson has a chance to leapfrog Jake Matthews as the first offensive tackle selected in the 2014 NFL draft, and a strong showing at the combine would help his cause significantly. 

Matthews is more technically sound than Robinson, and he has more experience. However, Robinson appears to have more upside athletically, per Mike Loyko of NEPatriotsDraft.com, and he'll boost his stock by performing well in the kick-slide drills, showing good strength on the bench press and by running well:

 

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

Everybody wants to see what kind of numbers Jadeveon Clowney will put up at the combine. 

The leading freak of nature attending this year's event, Clowney expects to put up jaw-dropping numbers, as relayed by The State's Josh Kendall:

While Houston desperately needs a quarterback, there are many who believe the Texans will take Clowney if he lives up to expectations at the combine.

Dan Greenspan of NFL.com is among that number: "If Clowney lives up to the immense expectations and runs anywhere close to a sub-4.5 40, all the suspense of the draft will start with the second pick because the top spot will be locked up."

Get your popcorn ready, because Clowney should put on an amazing show. 

 

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