The NFL has announced the Scouting Combine invite list which includes ten former Crimson Tide players:
- Jonathan Allen, DE
- Ryan Anderson, OLB
- Reuben Foster, LB
- O.J. Howard, TE
- Marlon Humphrey, CB
- Eddie Jackson, S
- Cam Robinson, OT
- ArDarius Stewart, WR
- Dalvin Tomlinson, DT
- Tim Williams, OLB
- Ole Miss WR Damore'ea Stringfellow, who pled guilty to a 2014 assault, is not among the draft prospects invited to the Combine. Last year, the NFL instituted a new policy that bars draft prospects from combine participation if they have misdemeanor or felony convictions involving violence or use of a weapon, domestic violence, a sexual offense and/or sexual assault.
- Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly was not included, likely due to all his off-field antics.
- Joe Mixon has been in all kinds of trouble. Despite being one of the top running backs in the upcoming draft, he will have to wait until Oklahoma’s Pro Day to display his skills.
- Dog abuse is enough to keep Baylor WR Ishmael Zamora at home.
- Georgia had just one player invited to the combine - wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie. Some thought OL Greg Pyke might get a look.
- Tennessee’s Corey Vereen was not invited.
- Florida DL Joey Ivie was slowed by a broken thumb this season.
- LB Jimmie Gilbert had a really nice year for Colorado (10.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles) but did not get an invite.
- QB Zach Terrell (3533 yds, 33 TD, 4 INT) from the Cinderella story Western Michigan is staying home.
THEM OTHERS SCHOOLS
- LSU will also send ten, headlined by Jamal Adams and Leonard Fournette.
- Nine TAMU Aggies will be there, although Myles Garrett will likely be the only one taken in the first two rounds.
- Auburn will send only three: DT Montravius Adams, S Johnathan Ford, and DE Carl Lawson.
- Six from Tennessee: DE Derek Barnett, QB Josh Dobbs, RB Alvin Kamara, WR Josh Malone, LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, CB Cameron Sutton.
- Ole Miss with WR Quincy Adeboyejo, DE Fadol Brown, TE Evan Engram, DT D.J. Jones.
- Missy State sends WR Fred Ross and OT Justin Senior.
- Jon Toth and Stanley “Boom” Williams will represent Kentucky.
- Vandy has LB Zach Cunningham and OL Zach Holden heading up I-65.
- None from South Carolina - #ThanksSpurrier!
- Michigan is sending 14 former Wolverines to Indy. Taco Carlton and Jabrill Peppers are on the menu. [Note that many of these guys were signed by Brady Hoke.]
- Eight Gators, eight Razorbacks, eight Seminoles, and eight Buckeyes.
- Nine from Clemson.
- Only three each from Oklahoma and Notre Dame.
- Tight end Pharaoh Brown is the lone Oregon rep.
- South Alabama TE Gerald Everett is packing his bags.
The drills listed from NFL.com are as follows:
Each February, hundreds of the very best college football players are invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., where executives, coaches, scouts and doctors from all 32 NFL teams conduct an intense, four-day job interview in advance of the NFL Draft. Here is a brief breakdown of the measurable drills:
40-yard dash - The 40-yard dash is the marquee event at the combine. It's kind of like the 100-meters at the Olympics: It's all about speed, explosion and watching skilled athletes run great times. These athletes are timed at 10, 20 and 40-yard intervals. What the scouts are looking for is an explosion from a static start.
Bench press - The bench press is a test of strength -- 225 pounds, as many reps as the athlete can get. What the NFL scouts are also looking for is endurance. Anybody can do a max one time, but what the bench press tells the pro scouts is how often the athlete frequented his college weight room for the last 3-5 years.
Vertical jump - The vertical jump is all about lower-body explosion and power. The athlete stands flat-footed and they measure his reach. It is important to accurately measure the reach, because the differential between the reach and the flag the athlete touches is his vertical jump measurement.
Broad jump - The broad jump is like being in gym class back in junior high school. Basically, it is testing an athlete's lower-body explosion and lower-body strength. The athlete starts out with a stance balanced and then he explodes out as far as he can. It tests explosion and balance, because he has to land without moving.
3 cone drill - The 3 cone drill tests an athlete's ability to change directions at a high speed. Three cones in an L-shape. He starts from the starting line, goes 5 yards to the first cone and back. Then, he turns, runs around the second cone, runs a weave around the third cone, which is the high point of the L, changes directions, comes back around that second cone and finishes.
Shuttle run - The short shuttle is the first of the cone drills. It is known as the 5-10-5. What it tests is the athlete's lateral quickness and explosion in short areas. The athlete starts in the three-point stance, explodes out 5 yards to his right, touches the line, goes back 10 yards to his left, left hand touches the line, pivot, and he turns 5 more yards and finishes.
The NFL combine will take place in Indianapolis from Feb. 28 to March 6.