The NFL released its list of players invited to the annual Scouting Combine. 337 players will convene in Indianapolis starting on February 27th to interview with NFL teams, be measured, poked and prodded, and compete in various athletic tests and field drills.
Despite inviting 337 players, there are inevitably still players that get snubbed. Let’s look at a handful of those players.
Nigel Warrior, S, Tennessee (DFD 96th overall, #9 S)
Warrior has been a three-year starter for the Volunteers. He was extremely productive for Tennessee as a senior. Warrior finished with 60 tackles (36 solos), 7 PBUs, and four interceptions. He has nice range and ball skills. Warrior played in the NFLPA Bowl.
WHO TO TAKE OUT: Chris Miller, Baylor
Bryce Perkins, QB, Virginia (DFD 121 overall, #10 QB)
Perkins has been a two-year starter for Virginia after transferring over from Arizona State. He was more productive as a junior both through the air and on the ground. However, he led the Cavaliers to the ACC Championship game in 2019. Perkins did not play in an all-star game amid lingering questions about a neck injury.
WHO TO TAKE OUT: Shea Patterson, Michigan
Parnell Motley, CB, Oklahoma (DFD 147 overall, #21 CB)
Motley is a boom-or-bust corner. He is a risk-taker which gets him in trouble. Motley is a solid tackler with terrific ball skills. He played in the Shrine Bowl. His length and speed are better than a lot of other corners in Indy.
WHO TO TAKE OUT: Essang Bassey, Wake Forest
Kevin Dotson, G, Louisiana (DFD 155 overall, #9 G)
Dotson is a vile, nasty run blocker. He is a good enough athlete to get to the second level. Dotson doesn’t get the press that his teammate Robert Hunt gets but he has the ability to be a day one starter.
WHO TO TAKE OUT: Simon Stepaniak, Indiana
Rodney Smith, RB, Minnesota (DFD 159 overall, #16 RB)
Smith has three-down ability and is a hard-nosed back. Smith was a sixth-year senior after battling numerous injuries in his career. He rushed for nearly 1200 yards this past season and eight scores.
WHO TO TAKE OUT: Tony Jones, Notre Dame