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NFL Combine 2015 Breakdown
Here are some numbers for the players invited to participate at this year's NFL Scouting Combine, which runs from Feb. 17-23 in Indianapolis. NFL Network will provide live coverage of the event.
Photo – TE Maxx Williams - Minnesota
Running backs: 36 (including 2 fullbacks)
Wide receivers: 44
Tight ends: 19
Offensive linemen: 52 (34 tackles, 12 guards, 6 centers)
Defensive linemen: 56 (32 ends, 21 tackles, 3 nose tackles)
Linebackers: 34 (17 outside, 17 inside)
Defensive backs: 54 (33 cornerbacks, 13 free safeties, 8 strong safeties)
Specialists: 13 (7 punters, 5 kickers, 1 long snapper)
SEC: 68. Every conference school except Vanderbilt has at least one participant, and every league school except Mississippi (two), Tennessee (two) and Vanderbilt has at least four. Seven schools have at least five.
ACC: 57. Every conference school except North Carolina has at least one participant. Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, and Miami have at least seven participants and combine to have 38.
Pac-12: 44. Every conference school has at least one participant except Arizona, which won the Pac-12 South; California; and Colorado. Five schools have at least five.
Big Ten: 39. Every conference school except Illinois has at least one participant, and two have at least five. The division winners, Ohio State and Wisconsin, have a combined six.
Big 12: 31. Every conference school except Oklahoma State and Texas Tech has at least one participant, and three schools have at least five.
FCS schools: 27. Chattanooga, FCS champ North Dakota State, and Towson each have two participants.
Mountain West: 16. Air Force, New Mexico, San Jose State, and Utah State have no participants. The other league schools have at least one each; Colorado State has five, and Fresno State has three.
AAC: 14. Cincinnati, SMU, Temple, Tulsa, and USF have no participants. The other six schools have at least one participant each, and three schools have at least three. UCF leads with four.
Mid-American: 9. Central Michigan has three participants; Ball State, Massachusetts, Miami, Northern Illinois, Toledo, and Western Michigan each have one.
Conference USA: 5. Florida Atlantic, Rice, Southern Miss, UAB, and UTEP each have one participant.
Independents: 5. Notre Dame has three participants, and BYU and Navy have one each.
Sun Belt: 5. South Alabama and Texas State have two participants each; Louisiana-Monroe has one.
Division II Schools: 2 - Harding (Ark.) and Newberry (S.C.) each have one participant.
Division III Schools: 1 - Hobart (N.Y.) has one participant.
Schools with most Pro Prospects
There are 13 schools with at least six participants:
Florida State: 12
Michigan State: 6
More NFL Combine facts and figures
• Eight power conference schools have no participants: Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and Vanderbilt.
• National champion Ohio State has four participants.
• The number of quarterbacks invited, 15, is the fewest since at least 2005. There were 16 in 2013 and at least 18 in every other year from 2005-14.
• This is the third year in a row with 35 linebacker participants.
• There will be 12 guards at the combine. Five of them played in the ACC, and four played in the SEC. The only other FBS conference with a guard participating is the Big 12, which has two.
• For the second year in a row, there are no QBs from the Big Ten. And one year after having no QBs, the Pac-12 has four this year.
• Michigan State leads the Big Ten with six participants, but that figure would rank tied for fourth in the SEC, fifth in the ACC, tied for third in the Pac-12, and second in the Big 12.
• Colorado State, which is in the Mountain West, has five participants; that's more than all but one team in the Big Ten and Big 12 and more than all but two teams in the Pac-12.
• Central Michigan has as many participants as Michigan and Nebraska (3). East Carolina also has three, which is three more than North Carolina and one more than North Carolina St. Memphis has three, which is one more than Tennessee (2) and Vanderbilt (0) combined. FCS member Tenn-Chattanooga has as many participants as Tennessee. Texas St has two participants, which is two more than Texas Tech.
NFL Scouting Combine 2015
NFL Combine 2015 - Feb. 17-23, 2015 - Lucas Stadium, Indianapolis, In
This week over three hundred of the very best college football players will participate in the NFL Scouting Combine (National Invitational Camp) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Top Executives, Coaching Staffs, Player Personnel Departments and Medical Personnel from all 32 NFL teams will be on hand to evaluate the nation’s top college football players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft. This intense, six-day job interview is an exciting time for the athletes and a vital step in achieving their dreams of playing in the NFL. The NFL Network will televise the complete NFL Combine weeklong event that consists of four days of workouts.
How are players selected for the NFL Combine?
NFL Combine participants are determined each year by a Selection Committee. The Directors of both National and BLESTO scouting services, which combined represent 25 NFL teams, are joined by members of various NFL player personnel departments to form the committee. The participating NFL executives can rotate on a yearly basis, and remain anonymous. All eligible players are reviewed and voted on by the committee members. Each athlete receiving the necessary number of votes, by position, is then extended an invitation. While it is not a perfect science, the goal of the committee is to invite every player that will be drafted in the upcoming NFL Draft.
2015 Schedule reflect a new day pattern, as the event will shift 1 day earlier than the historical pattern.
DAY 1 ARRIVALS*: Group 1 (PK, ST, OL), Group 2 (OL), Group 3 (TE)
Tuesday – Feb. 17 Travel * ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Wednesday – Feb. 18 Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Thursday – Feb. 19 NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Friday – Feb. 20 On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis
DAY 2 ARRIVALS*: Group 4 (QB, WO), Group 5 (QB, WO), Group 6 (RB)
Wednesday – Feb. 18 Travel ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Thursday – Feb.19 Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Friday – Feb.20 - NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Saturday – Feb. 21, 2015 On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis
DAY 3 ARRIVALS*: Group 7 (DL), Group 8 (DL), Group 9 (LB)
Thursday - Feb 19 Travel ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Friday - Feb 20 Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Saturday - Feb 21NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Sunday - Feb 22 On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis
DAY 4 ARRIVALS: Group 10 (DB), Group 11 (DB)
Friday – Feb. 20 Travel ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Saturday - Feb 21 Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Sunday – Feb 22 NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Monday - February 23, 2015 On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis
* Select players from any Group may arrive one day prior to their scheduled date listed above in order to assist with medical scheduling. This will be based on flight schedules and medical tests only and no players arriving early will have advanced contact with teams.
Top Ten Pro Prospect Rankings - NFL Draft 2015
Offensive Players / Pre NFL Combine Rankings / * underclassmen
Special NFL Combine Report – available this week
Photo - Wideout Kevin White - West Virginia
1. * Marcus Mariota - Oregon - 6-4, 215
2. * Jameis Winston - Florida St - 6-4, 235
3. * Brett Hundley - UCLA - 6-3, 225
4. Bryce Petty - Baylor - 6-3, 230
5. Sean Mannion - Oregon St - 6-5, 220
6. Bryan Bennett - Southeastern Louisiana - 6-2, 215
7. Garrett Grayson - Colorado St - 6-2, 220
8. Shane Carden - East Carolina - 6-2, 220
9. Bo Wallace - Ole Miss - 6-4, 210
10. Taylor Kelly - Arizona St - 6-2, 215
1. * Melvin Gordon - Wisconsin - 6-1, 205
2. * Todd Gurley - Georgia - 6-1, 230
3. * Tevin Coleman - Indiana - 6-1, 215
4. * T.J. Yeldon - Alabama - 6-2, 220
5. Ameer Abdullah - Nebraska - 5-9, 195
6. * Javorius Allen - Southern California - 6-1, 220
7. * Duke Johnson - Miami (Fla.) - 5-9, 205
8. * Jay Ajayi - Boise State - 6-0, 215
9. David Cobb - Minnesota - 5-11, 230
10. Jeremy Langford - Michigan State - 6-0, 205
1. Jalston Fowler - Alabama - 6-0, 250
2. Tyler Varga - Yale - 5-11, 235
3. Aaron Ripkowski - Oklahoma - 6-1 255
4. Zach Zenner - South Dakota State - 5-11, 220
5. Mark Weisman - Iowa - 6-0, 240
6. Hunter Joyer - Florida - 5-11, 235
7. Trayion Durham - Kent State - 6-1 245
8. Zach Zwinak - Penn State - 6-1, 235
9. Conner Neighbors - LSU - 5-11, 240
10. De'Marieya Nelson - Arizona State - 6-2, 225
1. * Amari Cooper - Alabama - 6-1, 200
2. Kevin White - West Virginia - 6-3, 210
3. DeVante Parker - Louisville - 6-3, 210
4. * Dorial Green-Beckham - Oklahoma - 6-5, 225
5. * Sammie Coates - Auburn - 6-2, 200
6. * Jaelen Strong - Arizona State - 6-4, 215
7. Devin Smith - Ohio State - 6-1, 195
8. Phillip Dorsett - Miami (Fla.) - 5-10, 185
9. * Breshad Perriman - UCF - 6-2, 215
10. Jamison Crowder - Duke - 5-9, 175
For the rest of Offensive Top Ten Prospects - go to next page
A.J. Cann Heads Five SC Prospects for NFL Combine
February 2015 Newsletter - Special Senior Bowl / East West Report – New Top 150 Pro Prospects – NFL Combine Player List / Special Combine Reports - Available Now
Photo – Guard A.J. Cann - South Carolina
Five former University of South Carolina football players have been invited to participate in the 2015 NFL Combine. The combine will take place from February 17-23 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and will feature more than 300 top prospects.
Those Gamecocks invited to participate are tight end Rory Anderson, offensive guard A.J. Cann, running back Mike Davis, offensive tackle Corey Robinson and defensive tackle J.T. Surratt.
Cann is Draft Insiders’ #1 guard prospect after starting four seasons vs tough SEC talent while earning conference honors his final two seasons. He looks to solidify his #1 ranking with a strong workout. Currently, he is ranked in the Top 40 overall prospects by Draft Insiders’.
NFL top executives, coaching staffs, player personnel departments and medical personnel from all 32 pro teams will be on hand to evaluate the nation’s top college football players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft. The players will go through a series of measurements, interviews and workout drills over a four-day period.
Participants are determined annually by a selection committee. The Directors of both National and BLESTO scouting services, which combined represent twenty-five NFL teams, are joined by members of various NFL player personnel departments to form the committee. The participating NFL executives can rotate on a yearly basis, and remain anonymous. All eligible players are reviewed and voted on by the committee members. Each athlete receiving the necessary number of votes, by position, is then extended an invitation. While it is not a perfect science, the goal of the committee is to invite every player that will be drafted in the ensuing NFL Draft.
The Gamecocks will hold their annual Pro Timing Day on Wednesday, April 1.
Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.
NFL Combine and Free Agency Dates
Calendar for the 2015 NFL Postseason
February 2015 Newsletter - Special Senior Bowl / East West Report – New Top 150 Pro Prospects - available Now
Calendar for the 2015 NFL Postseason
February 2: Waiver system begins for 2015.
February 7: NFL Regional Combine, Doctors Hospital Training Facility, Davie, Florida.
February 10: Beginning at 9 a.m. PT, NFL clubs may begin to sign players whose 2014 CFL contracts have expired. Players under contract to a CFL club for the 2015 season or who have an option for the 2015 season are not eligible to be signed.
February 14: NFL Regional Combine, Methodist Training Center, Houston, Texas.
February 16: First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
February 17-23: NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.
February 21: NFL Regional Combine, Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre, Dove Valley, Colorado.
February 28: NFL Regional Combine, Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills, Maryland.
March 2: Prior to 1:00 p.m., PT, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
March 7: NFL Regional Combine, Halas Hall, Lake Forest, Illinois.
March 7-10: Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2014 contracts at 1:00 p.m., PT, on March 10. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 1:00 p.m., PT, on March 10.
March 10: Prior to 1:00 p.m., PT, clubs must exercise options for 2015 on all players who have option clauses in their 2014 contracts.
• Prior to 4:00 p.m., Est clubs must submit qualifying offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts and to whom they desire to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.
• Prior to 4:00 p.m., Est clubs must submit a Minimum Salary Tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2014 contracts and who have fewer than three accrued seasons of free agency credit.
• Top-51 Begins. All clubs must be under the 2015 salary cap prior to 4:00 p.m., Est.
• All 2014 player contracts expire at 4:00 p.m., Est
• The 2015 league year and free agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., Est. The first day of the 2015 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., Est, on March 10. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the league office during the period between 4:00 p.m., Est, and 11:59:59 p.m., Est, on March 10.
• Trading period for 2015 begins at 4:00 p.m., Est, after expiration of all 2014 contracts.
March 19-21: NFL Career Development Symposium, Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona.
March 21-22: Super Regional Combine, Arizona Cardinals Training Facility, Phoenix, Arizona.
March 22-25: Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.
April 6: Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2014 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
April 20: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
April 24: Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign offer sheets.
April 29: Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.
April 30-May 2: - NFL Draft 2015, Chicago, Illinois.
May 8-11: First weekend after the NFL Draft: clubs may elect to hold their three-day post-draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.
May 11: Rookie Football Development Program begins.
May 15-18: Second weekend after the NFL Draft: clubs may elect to hold their three- day post-draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.
Two Round Mock Draft for the NFL Draft 2015
After the Senior Bowl / * Underclassmen
Photo - QB Marcus Mariota - Oregon
Team / W-L / Player / Position / School
1 Tampa Bay - 2-14 - .485 – * Marcus Mariota QB Oregon
2 Tennessee - 2-14 - .498 – * Amari Cooper WR Alabama
3 Jacksonville - 3-13 - .515 – * Leonard Williams DE Southern Cal
4 Oakland - 3-13 - .579 – Danny Shelton DT Washington
5 Washington - 4-12 - .492 – Davante Parker WR Louisville
6 NY Jets - 4-12 - .554 – * Jameis Winston QB Florida State
7 Chicago - 5-11 - .523 - * Randy Gregory DE Nebraska
8 Atlanta - 6-10 - .481 - Brandon Scherff OT Iowa
9 NY Giants - 6-10 - .513 – Landon Collins SS Alabama
10 St. Louis - 6-10 - .533 – Kevin White WR West Virginia
11 Minnesota - 7-9 - .481 – * Shane Ray LB Missouri
12 Cleveland - 7-9 - .473 - * Dorial Green-Beckham WR Oklahoma
13 New Orleans - 7-9 - .485 – * Dante Fowler DE Florida
14 Miami - 8-8 - .513 –* Todd Gurley RB Georgia
15 San Francisco - 8-8 - .538 – * Eddie Goldman DT Florida St
16 Houston - 9-7 - .448 - * Ereck Flowers OT Miami
17 Kansas City - 9-7 - .525 – Vic Beasley LB Clemson
18 San Diego - 9-7 - .508 - * Trae Waynes CB Michigan St
19 Cleveland (Buffalo) - 9-7 - .521 - Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin
20 Philadelphia - 10-6 - .490 - * Marcus Peters CB Washington
21 x - Cincinnati - 10-5-1 - .498 – * T.J. Clemmings OT Pittsburgh
22 y - Pittsburgh - 11-5 - .451 - La'el Collins G/T LSU
23 x - Detroit - 11-5 - .471 – * Shaq Thompson LB Washington
24 x - Arizona - 11-5 - .523 – * Brett Hundley QB UCLA
25 y - Carolina - 7-8-1 - .490 – * Andrus Peat OT Stanford
26 x - Baltimore - 10-6 - .475 – Cameron Erving C/T Florida St
27 y - Dallas - 12-4 - .445 – * Bernardrick McKinney LB Mississippi St
28 y - Denver - 12-4 - .521 – * Malcom Brown DT Texas
29 y - Indianapolis - 11-5 - .478 – Bud Dupree DE Kentucky
30 y - Green Bay - 12-4 - .482 - * Devin Funchess WR Michigan
31 x - Seattle - 12-4 - .525 - * Jaelen Strong WR Arizona St
32 y - New England - 12-4 - .518 – Nate Orchard DE Utah
33 Tennessee – Devin Smith WR Ohio State
34 Tampa Bay – * Mario Edwards DE Florida St
35 Oakland - * Sammie Coates WR Auburn
36 Jacksonville – * Tevin Coleman RB Indiana
37 NY Jets - AJ Cann OG South Carolina
38 Washington – Hau'oli Kikaha LB Washington
39 Chicago – Bryce Petty QB Baylor
40 NY Giants – * Arik Armstead DT Oregon
41 St. Louis - * Maxx Williams TE Minnesota
42 Atlanta – Carl Davis DT Iowa
43 Cleveland - Cody Prewitt FS Mississippi
44 New Orleans - Ty Sambrailo OT Colorado St
45 Minnesota – Michael Bennett DT Ohio St
46 San Francisco – * PJ Williams CB Florida St
47 Miami – * Jordan Phillips DT Oklahoma
48 Kansas City – * Nelson Agholor WR Southern California
49 San Diego – Clive Walford TE Miami
50 Buffalo – * Gerod Holliman FS Louisville
51 Houston – Derron Smith FS Fresno St
52 Philadelphia – Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB Oregon
53 Carolina – Phillip Dorsett WR Miami
54 Baltimore – *Jalen Collins CB LSU
55 Cincinnati – Markus Golden DE Missouri
56 Arizona – * Danielle Hunter DE LSU
57 Detroit –* Alex Carter CB Stanford
58 Pittsburgh – Lorenzo Mauldin LB Louisville
59. Indianapolis - Eric Kendricks LB UCLA
60 Dallas – * Ellis McCarthy DT UCLA
61 Denver – Paul Dawson LB TCU
62 Green Bay - * Eli Harold LB Virginia
63 Seattle – Owamagbe Odighizuwa DE UCLA
64 New England – Anthony Harris FS Virginia
Top 100 Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2015
February 2015 Newsletter - Special Senior Bowl / East West Reports – New Top 150 Pro Prospects Rankings - available Next week
Photo - DL Leonard Williams - Southern Cal
Top 100 Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2015
– Post Senior Bowl / Pre NFL Combine Rankings - * Declared Underclassmen
Pro Prospect Pos School
1. *Leonard Williams - DE - Southern California
2. *Jameis Winston - QB - Florida State
3. *Shane Ray - LB - Missouri
4. *Amari Cooper - WR - Alabama
5. *Marcus Mariota - QB - Oregon
6. *Randy Gregory - DE - Nebraska
7. Danny Shelton - DT - Washington
8. Brandon Scherff - OT - Iowa
9. *Dante Fowler - DE - Florida
10. La'el Collins - G/T - LSU
11. Kevin White - WR - West Virginia
12. *Mel Gordon - RB - Wisconsin
13. Vic Beasley - LB - Clemson
14. *Ereck Flowers - OT - Miami
15. Davante Parker - WR - Louisville
16. *T.J. Clemmings - OT - Pittsburgh
17. *Landon Collins - SS - Alabama
18. Bud Dupree - DE - Kentucky
19. *Andrus Peat - OT - Stanford
20. *Dorial Green-Beckham - WR - Oklahoma
21. *Shaq Thompson - LB - Washington
22. *Eddie Goldman - DT - Florida St
23. *Jaelen Strong - WR - Arizona St
24. *Trae Waynes - CB - Michigan St
25. *Todd Gurley - RB - Georgia
26. *Bernardrick McKinney - LB - Mississippi St
27. *Devin Funchess - WR - Michigan
28. *Tevin Coleman - RB - Indiana
29. Cameron Erving - C/T - Florida St
30. *Sammie Coates - WR - Auburn
31. Nate Orchard - DE - Utah
32. *Marcus Peters - CB - Washington
33. Carl Davis - DT - Iowa
34. *Brett Hundley - QB - UCLA
35. *Arik Armstead - DT - Oregon
36. *Malcom Brown - DT - Texas
37. *PJ Williams - CB - Florida St
38. *Maxx Williams - TE - Minnesota
39. Ty Sambrailo - OT - Colorado St
40. Hau'oli Kikaha - LB - Washington
41. AJ Cann - OG - South Carolina
42. Markus Golden - DE - Missouri
43. Cody Prewitt - FS - Mississippi
44. Lorenzo Mauldin - LB - Louisville
45. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu - CB - Oregon
46. Phillip Dorsett - WR - Miami
47. *Jordan Phillips - DT - Oklahoma
48. *Alex Carter - CB - Stanford
49. Eric Kendricks - LB - UCLA
50. Devin Smith - WR - Ohio State
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