2016 NFL Draft Combine Invite List Released: Participants, Comments and Reaction

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2016

California quarterback Jared Goff (16)  throws against Air Force during the Armed Forces Bowl NCAA college football game, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
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The National Football League released the official list of participants for the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday, with a total of 332 players expected for the annual event.

Albert Breer of the NFL Network passed along the details and noted 59 defensive linemen will take part, the most of any position. There are 53 offensive linemen listed, the highest number on that side of the ball, per Conor Orr of NFL.com.  

Here's a look at some notable prospects who will be in attendance:

2016 NFL Scouting Combine: Top Participants
QBJared GoffCal
QBCarson WentzNorth Dakota State
QBPaxton LynchMemphis
RBEzekiel ElliottOhio State
WRLaquon TreadwellOle Miss
OLLaremy TunsilOle Miss
OLRonnie StanleyNotre Dame
DLJoey BosaOhio State
DLDeForest BucknerOregon
LBMyles JackUCLA
CBMackensie AlexanderClemson
CB/SJalen RamseyFlorida State

Jared Goff, Carson Wentz and Paxton Lynch are competing to become the first quarterback drafted, which could mean being the second overall pick to the Cleveland Browns. The combine will be one of their biggest tests in the lead-up to April's draft. 

Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk passed along comments from Goff, who's planning to go through the passing drills at the combine, which is always a key question for the top quarterbacks.

"I'll do it all," Goff said. "I'll throw and I'll do it all. I think it's the right thing to do. I've got nothing to hide. Go out there and throw and have some fun."

Chase Goodbread of NFL.com noted Lynch is expected to do the same, but it's still unknown whether Wentz will join them in the spotlight.

Breer provided another interesting note about this year's combine group:

Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

Ohio State has 14 invitees to the NFL combine. Far and away the most of any school. Notre Dame (10), Alabama (9) and UCLA (9) are next.

As a whole, this year's draft class is characterized more by depth than top-end talent. That means there's still plenty of room for movement in the rankings between now and the draft, which places a greater emphasis on having a strong showing at the combine.

Typically, at least a couple of players significantly improve their stock during their time in Indianapolis. Usually, that's because of impressive performances in the athletic testing, highlighted by the 40-yard dash.

A player such as Ohio State receiver Braxton Miller, who's still learning the finer points of his position but is a terrific athlete, could bolster his case. And several other players will likely jump up draft boards in similar fashion after the combine.


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