Every year the NFL Combine “makes and breaks” potential prospects with their battery of athletic tests. This year 326 players have been invited to Indianapolis, some with hopes of flashing their measurables and others hoping to dispel preconceived notions about their play. Inevitably each year there are players who do not get an invite that end up not only getting drafted but also end up being key NFL players. Two years ago Kevin Byard was a notable Combine snub among draft circles. This past season Byard had an impressive eight interceptions. With that in mind here are five potential studs who were snubbed this year.
2018 Top NFL Combine Snubs
DT Poona Ford Texas
The reigning Defensive Lineman of the Year for the Big 12, Ford being left off the invite list for Indy was a huge surprise to most. The former Longhorn was a force to be reckoned but was likely left out because he lacks ideal size (5’11’ 300). Ford though is a force against the run and there is a place for him in the NFL as a two down run stuffer.
DT Steven Richardson Minnesota
A four year starter for the Golden Gophers, Richardson has a similar build to Ford coming in at six feet/295 pounds. Richardson struggled with injury issues while at Minnesota but flashed dominance when healthy. Featuring s stout, compact frame and a relentless motor Richardson is a strong run defender with some pass rush upside.
C Bradley Bozeman Alabama
Bozeman was a two year starter and was the anchor for an offensive line that led Alabama’s prolific running game. Boasting excellent size at 6’5’’ 315, Bozeman is a real mauler in the run game and should be an excellent fit in a power running game at the NFL level. The big knock on Bozeman is his lack of mobility and athleticism on the move, but he more than makes up for it with his power and drive.
OG Maea Teuhema South East Louisiana (via LSU)
Teuhema has had an interesting path to the draft thus far. After starting at right tackle for LSU for two seasons Teuhema was suspended for academics and elected to transfer to South East Louisiana where he played this last season at guard. Off-field issues aside Teuhema looks the part of a monster run blocker who opened up huge holes for Leonard Fournette in 2016. His power and ability to bury defenders in the running game is top notch and his subsequent move to guard was a positive as he struggled with speed rushers while at LSU.
RB Phillip Lindsay Colorado
Likely left off the Combine invite list because of his less than ideal size, 5’8’’ 180 Lindsay brings a ton of production with him. With over 3,600 yards rushing and nearly a thousand more receiving Lindsay is a proven three down back. Oddly enough Lindsay runs with more power than a back his size and has good elusiveness to go along with it. With teams using more back by committee approaches a player with the skills set of Lindsay is sure to find a spot on an NFL roster.