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

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Cam Newton participates in the vertical jump during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent IFebruary 18, 2014

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
QBBlake Bortles, Central Florida
QBTajh Boyd, Clemson
QBTeddy Bridgewater, Louisville
QBDerek Carr, Fresno State
QBDavid Fales, San Jose State
QBJimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois
QBJordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
QBJohnny Manziel, Texas A&M
QBJeff Mathews (throwing QB), Cornell
QBAJ McCarron, Alabama
QBZach Mettenberger, LSU
QBStephen Morris, Miami (Fla.)
QBAaron Murray, Georgia
QBBryn Renner (throwing QB), North Carolina
QBTom Savage, Pittsburgh
QBConnor Shaw, South Carolina
QBLogan Thomas, Virginia Tech
QBDustin Vaughan (throwing QB), West Texas A&M
QBKeith Wenning, Ball State
RBAntonio Andrews, Western Kentucky
RBDri Archer, Kent State
RBGeorge Atkinson, Notre Dame
RBKapri Bibbs, Colorado State
RBAlfred Blue, LSU
RBKa'Deem Carey, Arizona
RBJ.C. Copeland (FB), LSU
RBTim Cornett, UNLV
RBIsaiah Crowell, Alabama State
RBTimothy Flanders, Sam Houston State
RBDavid Fluellen, Toledo
RBDevonta Freeman, Florida State
RBTyler Gaffney, Stanford
RBMarion Grice, Arizona State
RBRyan Hewitt (FB), Stanford
RBJeremy Hill, LSU
RBCarlos Hyde, Ohio State
RBStorm Johnson, Central Florida
RBHenry Josey, Missouri
RBTre Mason, Auburn
RBJerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern
RBTrey Millard (FB), Oklahoma
RBAdam Muema, San Diego State
RBLaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State
RBSilas Redd, USC
RBBishop Sankey, Washington
RBLache Seastrunk, Baylor
RBCharles Sims, West Virginia
RBJerome Smith, Syracuse
RBLorenzo Taliaferro, Coastal Carolina
RBDe'Anthony Thomas, Oregon
RBTerrance West, Towson
RBJames White, Wisconsin
RBJames Wilder, Florida State
RBAndre Williams, Boston College
RBDamien Williams, Oklahoma
WRJared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
WRDavante Adams, Fresno State
WROdell Beckham, LSU
WRKelvin Benjamin, Florida State
WRChris Boyd, Vanderbilt
WRCorey Brown, Ohio State
WRJohn Brown, Pittsburg State
WRMartavis Bryant, Clemson
WRIsaiah Burse, Fresno State
WRMichael Campanaro, Wake Forest
WRBrandon Coleman, Rutgers
WRKain Colter, Northwestern
WRBrandin Cooks, Oregon State
WRDamian Copeland, Louisville
WRMike Davis, Texas
WRBruce Ellington, South Carolina
WRQuincy Enunwa, Nebraska
WRMike Evans, Texas A&M
WRShaq Evans, UCLA
WRBennie Fowler, Michigan State
WRAustin Franklin, New Mexico State
WRJeremy Gallon, Michigan
WRRyan Grant, Tulane
WRMatt Hazel, Coastal Carolina
WRRobert Herron, Wyoming
WRCody Hoffman, BYU
WRJosh Huff, Oregon
WRAllen Hurns, Miami (Fla.)
WRJeff Janis, Saginaw Valley State
WRTJ Jones, Notre Dame
WRJarvis Landry, LSU
WRCody Latimer, Indiana
WRMarqise Lee, USC
WRMarcus Lucas, Missouri
WRJordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
WRDonte Moncrief, Ole Miss
WRKevin Norwood, Alabama
WRWalt Powell, Murray State
WRTevin Reese, Baylor
WRPaul Robinson, Colorado
WRAllen Robinson, Penn State
WRJalen Saunders, Oklahoma
WRWillie Snead, Ball State
WRJosh Stewart, Oklahoma State
WRDevin Street, Pittsburgh
WRL'Damian Washington, Missouri
WRSammy Watkins, Clemson
WRAlbert Wilson, Georgia State
TEJace Amaro, Texas Tech
TERob Blanchflower, Massachusetts
TETrey Burton, Florida
TEAnthony Denham, Utah
TEJoe Don Duncan, Dixie State
TEEric Ebron, North Carolina
TEC.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa
TECrockett Gillmore, Colorado State
TEXavier Grimble, USC
TENic Jacobs, McNeese State
TEMarcel Jensen, Fresno State
TEReggie Jordan, Missouri Western State
TEA.C. Leonard, Tennessee State
TEColt Lyerla, Oregon
TEArthur Lynch, Georgia
TEJake Murphy, Utah
TEJordan Najvar, Baylor
TETroy Niklas, Notre Dame
TEJacob Pedersen, Wisconsin
TERichard Rodgers, California
TEAustin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
TED.J. Tialavea, Utah State
OLMatt Armstrong (C), Grand Valley State
OLJoel Bitonio (OT), Nevada
OLRussell Bodine (C), North Carolina
OLConor Boffeli (G), Iowa
OLJustin Britt (OT), Missouri
OLDakota Dozier (OT), Furman
OLKadeem Edwards (G), Tennessee State
OLMatt Feiler (OT), Bloomsburg
OLCameron Fleming (OT), Stanford
OLZach Fulton (G), Tennessee
OLRyan Groy (G), Wisconsin
OLJon Halapio (G), Florida
OLJonotthan Harrison (C), Florida
OLSeantrel Henderson (OT), Miami (Fla.)
OLJames Hurst (OT), North Carolina
OLGabe Ikard (C), Oklahoma
OLGabe Jackson (G), Mississippi State
OLJa'wuan James (OT), Tennessee
OLWesley Johnson (OT), Vanderbilt
OLCyrus Kouandjio (OT), Alabama
OLTyler Larsen (C), Utah State
OLCharles Leno (OT), Boise State
OLTaylor Lewan (OT), Michigan
OLBrandon Linder (G), Miami (Fla.)
OLSpencer Long (G), Nebraska
OLCornelius Lucas (OT), Kansas State
OLMarcus Martin (C), USC
OLZack Martin (OT), Notre Dame
OLJake Matthews (OT), Texas A&M
OLJack Mewhort (OT), Ohio State
OLMorgan Moses (OT), Virginia
OLMatt Paradis (C), Boise State
OLMatt Patchan (OT), Boston College
OLAntonio Richardson (OT), Tennessee
OLCyril Richardson (G), Baylor
OLWeston Richburg (C), Colorado State
OLGreg Robinson (OT), Auburn
OLMichael Schofield (OT), Michigan
OLAnthony Steen (G), Alabama
OLJames Stone (C), Tennessee
OLBryan Stork (C), Florida State
OLXavier Su'a-Filo (G), UCLA
OLTravis Swanson (C), Arkansas
OLBrandon Thomas (OT), Clemson
OLTrai Turner (G), LSU
OLBilly Turner (OT), North Dakota State
OLJohn Urschel (G), Penn State
OLChris Watt (G), Notre Dame
OLDavid Yankey (G), Stanford
DLJay Bromley (DT), Syracuse
DLRyan Carrethers (DT), Arkansas State
DLWill Clarke (DE), West Virginia
DLJadeveon Clowney (DE), South Carolina
DLDeAndre Coleman (DT), California
DLScott Crichton (DE), Oregon State
DLAaron Donald (DT), Pittsburgh
DLKony Ealy (DE), Missouri
DLDominique Easley (DT), Florida
DLKasim Edebali (DE), Boston College
DLJustin Ellis (DT), Louisiana Tech
DLIK Enemkpali (DE), Louisiana Tech
DLEgo Ferguson (DT), LSU
DLDee Ford (DE), Auburn
DLJames Gayle (DE), Virginia Tech
DLRa'Shede Hageman (DT), Minnesota
DLTaylor Hart (DE), Oregon
DLKerry Hyder (DT), Texas Tech
DLJackson Jeffcoat (DE), Texas
DLTimmy Jernigan (DT), Florida State
DLAnthony Johnson (DT), LSU
DLDaQuan Jones (DT), Penn State
DLHoward Jones (DE), Shephard
DLZach Kerr (DT), Delaware
DLDemarcus Lawrence (DE), Boise State
DLAaron Lynch (DE), South Florida
DLEathyn Manumaleuna (DE), BYU
DLCassius Marsh (DE), UCLA
DLKareem Martin (DE), North Carolina
DLJosh Mauro (DE), Stanford
DLDaniel McCullers (DT), Tennessee
DLTevin Mims (DE), South Florida
DLZach Moore (DE), Concordia (Minn.)
DLJonathan Newsome (DE), Ball State
DLLouis Nix III (DT), Notre Dame
DLJeoffrey Pagan (DE), Alabama
DLTenny Palepoi (DT), Utah
DLMike Pennel (DT), Colorado State-Pueblo
DLKelcy Quarles (DT), South Carolina
DLKaleb Ramsey (DE), Boston College
DLCaraun Reid (DT), Princeton
DLMichael Sam (DE), Missouri
DLChris Smith (DE), Arkansas
DLMarcus Smith (DE), Louisville
DLShamar Stephen (DT), Connecticut
DLEd Stinson (DE), Alabama
DLWill Sutton (DT), Arizona State
DLRobert Thomas (DT), Arkansas
DLKhyri Thornton (DT), Southern Mississippi
DLStephon Tuitt (DE), Notre Dame
DLGeorge Uko (DE), USC
DLBrent Urban (DT), Virginia
DLLarry Webster (DE), Bloomsburg
DLEthan Westbrooks (DE), West Texas A&M
DLChris Whaley (DT), Texas
DLKerry Wynn (DT), Richmond
LBJerry Attaochu (OLB), Georgia Tech
LBAnthony Barr (OLB), UCLA
LBLamin Barrow (OLB), LSU
LBChris Borland (ILB), Wisconsin
LBCarl Bradford (OLB), Arizona State
LBJonathan Brown (ILB), Illinois
LBPreston Brown (ILB), Louisville
LBMax Bullough (ILB), Michigan State
LBKhairi Fortt (ILB), California
LBJeremiah George (ILB), Iowa State
LBAnthony Hitchens (OLB), Iowa
LBAdrian Hubbard (OLB), Alabama
LBAndrew Jackson (ILB), Western Kentucky
LBChristian Jones (ILB), Florida State
LBDevon Kennard (OLB), USC
LBChris Kirksey (OLB), Iowa
LBBoseko Lokombo (OLB), Oregon
LBKhalil Mack (OLB), Buffalo
LBJames Morris (ILB), Iowa
LBC.J. Mosley (ILB), Alabama
LBTrent Murphy (OLB), Stanford
LBKevin Pierre-Louis (OLB), Boston College
LBRonald Powell (OLB), Florida
LBTrevor Reilly (OLB), Utah
LBRyan Shazier (OLB), Ohio State
LBPrince Shembo (OLB), Notre Dame
LBShayne Skov (ILB), Stanford
LBYawin Smallwood (OLB), Connecticut
LBTelvin Smith (ILB), Florida State
LBTyler Starr (OLB), South Dakota
LBJordan Tripp (OLB), Montana
LBUani Unga (ILB), BYU
LBKyle Van Noy (OLB), BYU
LBAvery Williamson (ILB), Kentucky
LBJordan Zumwalt (ILB), UCLA
DBMo Alexander (SS), Utah State
DBRicardo Allen (CB), Purdue
DBDion Bailey (SS), USC
DBDeion Belue (CB), Alabama
DBBene Benwikere (CB), San Jose State
DBNat Berhe (SS), San Diego State
DBTre Boston (SS), North Carolina
DBBashaud Breeland (CB), Clemson
DBTerrence Brooks (FS), Florida State
DBDeone Bucannon (SS), Washington State
DBTravis Carrie (CB), Ohio
DBHa Ha Clinton-Dix (FS), Alabama
DBRoss Cockrell (CB), Duke
DBAaron Colvin (CB), Oklahoma
DBChris Davis (CB), Auburn
DBDarqueze Dennard (CB), Michigan State
DBPierre Desir (CB), Lindenwood
DBAhmad Dixon (SS), Baylor
DBBrandon Dixon (CB), Northwest Missouri State
DBJonathan Dowling (SS), Western Kentucky
DBAntone Exum (CB), Virginia Tech
DBKyle Fuller (CB), Virginia Tech
DBE.J. Gaines (CB), Missouri
DBPhillip Gaines (CB), Rice
DBJustin Gilbert (CB), Oklahoma State
DBDemetri Goodson (CB), Baylor
DBDre Hal (CB), Vanderbilt
DBVictor Hampton (CB), South Carolina
DBMarqueston Huff (FS), Wyoming
DBBennett Jackson (CB), Notre Dame
DBKendall James (CB), Maine
DBStanley Jean-Baptiste (CB), Nebraska
DBDontae Johnson (CB), North Carolina State
DBLaMarcus Joyner (CB), Florida State
DBKenny Ladler (FS), Vanderbilt
DBNevin Lawson (CB), Utah State
DBIsaiah Lewis (SS), Michigan State
DBCraig Loston (SS), LSU
DBDexter McDougle (CB), Maryland
DBKeith McGill (CB), Utah
DBTerrance Mitchell (CB), Oregon
DBJabari Price (CB), North Carolina
DBCalvin Pryor (FS), Louisville
DBLoucheiz Purifoy (CB), Florida
DBKeith Reaser (CB), Florida Atlantic
DBEd Reynolds (FS), Stanford
DBRashaad Reynolds (CB), Oregon State
DBMarcus Roberson (CB), Florida
DBBradley Roby (CB), Ohio State
DBDaniel Sorensen (FS), BYU
DBDez Southward (FS), Wisconsin
DBVinnie Sunseri (SS), Alabama
DBJemea Thomas (CB), Georgia Tech
DBBrock Vereen (FS), Minnesota
DBJason Verrett (CB), TCU
DBJimmie Ward (SS), Northern Illinois
DBTodd Washington (CB), Southeastern Louisiana
DBJaylen Watkins (CB), Florida
DBLavelle Westbrooks (CB), Georgia Southern
STChris Boswell (K), Rice
STSteven Clark (P), Auburn
STAnthony Fera (K), Texas
STMarcus Heit (LS), Kansas State
STZach Hocker (K), Arkansas
STTom Hornsey (P), Memphis
STRichie Leone (P), Houston
STCody Mandell (P), Alabama
STPat O'Donnell (P), Miami (Fla.)
STCairo 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:

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

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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