Guess who’s not coming to dinner

By | February 7, 2019

Guess who’s not coming to dinner … As noted in the earlier report on the fact that the NFL has released the list of 338 players that will be attending the scouting combine which gets underway in Indianapolis on February 26th, who actually gets invited to the combine is important as it is an indicator, albeit imperfect, of which prospects NFL teams want to see. And in general they want to see players on whom they already have a pretty good grade. The other side of the coin, of course, is which players didn’t get invites to Indianapolis this year. Perhaps the most surprising omission is Georgia State RB/WR/KR Penny Hart who was one of the stars of Senior Bowl week last month. Same story for CBs Iman Marshall of USC and Jimmie Moreland of James Madison who also had strong Senior Bow week. Meanwhile, other generally highly regarded players who were not invited to the combine include QBs Eric Dungey of Syracuse and Oklahoma State’s Taylor Cornelius; Florida State RB Jacque Patrick; Hawaii WR John Ursua; 6-8 Stetson TE Donald Parham; OTs A.T. Hall of Stanford and Texas’ Calvin Anderson; OGs Bunchy Stallings of Kentucky, Alabama’s Lester Cotton, B.J. Autry of Jacksonville State, and Damien Prince of Maryland; Stanford C Jesse Burkett; BYU DE Corbin Kaufusi; DTs Marquise Copeland of Cincinnati, LSU’s Ed Alexander, Ricky Walker of Virginia Tech and Wisconsin’s Olive Sagapolu; ILBs Joe Dineen of Kansas and Buffalo’s Khalil Hodge; CB Clifton Duck of Appalachian State; and safeties Chris Johnson of North Alabama, Jalen Young of Florida Atlantic and Washington’s JoJo McIntosh. At the same time, star Mississippi State DT Jeffrey Simmons, who is garnering some legit top ten buzz, along with Colorado State WR Preston Williams also won’t be in Indianapolis later this month as they ran afoul of the combine’s personal conduct rules.