Three hundred twenty-six of the nation's best college football players have been invited to participate in the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, the NFL unveiled Tuesday.
Scheduled to run Feb. 27 - March 5 in Indianapolis, seven schools will send eight or more players to the combine, including a high of 14 from national championship-winning Alabama. Locally, Washington and Washington State have a combined 11 players invited to Lucas Oil Stadium.
For the Huskies, their invite list starts with defensive tackle Vita Vea, a projected first-round pick who ESPN’s Todd McShay has going No. 16 overall in his latest mock draft. Joining Vea will be linebacker Keishawn Bierria, running back Lavon Coleman, tight end Will Dissly, receiver Dante Pettis, center Coleman Shelton, and linebacker Azeem Victor.
The Cougars’ invitees, meanwhile, include record-setting quarterback Luke Falk, offensive tackle Cole Madison, receiver Tavares Martin, and defensive tackle Hercules Mata’afa, who was named Polynesian College Football Player of the Year.
Also included on the combine participant list is Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin, the one-handed twin brother of Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin who was named Defensive MVP in his school’s 34-27 Peach Bowl victory over Auburn.
While a combine invite does go a long way in terms of giving NFL hopefuls a chance to impress the teams that will ultimately look to draft them, it is worth noting there have been plenty of players to make it in the NFL without an invite to the annual workout. NFL.com highlighted a few of those notable NFL talents who did not receive an invite, a list that’s led by receiver Doug Baldwin, who the Seahawks signed in 2011 as an undrafted free agent out of Stanford.
Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin held his interactive inaugural family combine on June 25, 2017 at Renton Memorial Stadium