The NFL Scouting Combine starts on February 28th which means we officially got the list (http://www.nfl.com/combine/participants) of players who have been invited to participate in the biggest Pre-Draft event. Like every other year there are some questionable additions and even more surprising omissions.
What makes this year different is we are seeing the new rule of players not being invited because of their off the field issues. Troubled players like Joe Mixon (Oklahoma RB) and Ishmael Zamora (Baylor WR) were talked about a couple of weeks ago, but that list grew as Mississippi QB Chad Kelly was also not invited because the numerous issues he’s created over his college career.
Here we are going to focus on the five biggest NFL Scouting Combine Snubs that didn’t have off the field issues.
Chad Williams WR Grambling
It’s not surprising that a small school prospect doesn’t get the call up, but Williams was one of the more impressive receivers at the Senior Bowl. You would think that after that showing he’d get a chance to continue his momentum in Indianapolis.
Hunter Dimick DE Utah
You’re never going to confuse Dimick for a workout warrior but when you are third in the nation with 14.5 sacks it’s a surprise he didn’t get the call. Dimick is more of a hustle and motor guy but putting some testing numbers behind his sack total would have been nice.
Elijah Lee LB Kansas State
With speed, size and production it’s a complete shock that Lee won’t be in Indianapolis showing off his skill set. This is a tough break for Lee who fits the mold of the athletic speed linebackers that are having so much success in the league.
Jeremy Cutrer CB Middle Tennessee
A former four-star recruit who was displaced by Hurricane Katrina found a home at Middle Tennessee. With so many teams wanting bigger corners, the 6’2 Cutrer has the size and agility to play well.
Fish Smithson S Kansas
Playing at Kansas it’s very easy to overlook the Jayhawks players, especially since they are not putting prospects in the NFL on a regular basis. But Smithson being left out is a travesty. With good range, speed and tackling ability he’s my 63rd rated player in this class and should be a surefire mid round pick.
Dwayne Thomas CB LSU
While Thomas isn’t a big name with other draft analysts after watching him on film he was a player that really stood out with solid play and making very few mistakes. Thomas wasn’t going to blow up at the Combine, but don’t be surprised if he gets drafted late and plays for ten years in the NFL.