The NFL recently released the official list of invites to the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine which will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana from February 26 – March 4.
The NFL Combine is a great tool for NFL scouts to measure prospects athleticism and also sit down with them for long periods of time to interview them, get them on the chalk board, and just get a feel for who a prospect really is off the field. This year 338 prospects are invited to Indy, but like every year there are players that will not be there that should be, aka the snubs. So who are this years NFL Scouting Combine snubs?
Anthony Ratliff-Williams, WR, North Carolina
- Nothing was more shocking than seeing North Carolina’s Anthony Ratliff-Williams left off the NFL Combine invite list. ARW is a top 100 prospect and one of the best 20 wide receivers in a deep class. He checks the boxes for size, athleticism, and Power 5 school which makes it more surprising he was snubbed. ARW has one of the best releases in the class and runs some terrific routes. He even makes some of the best downfield 50/50 ball plays in the class. Only explanation for his snub is lack of production at UNC due to having nothing around him.
- Pro Comparison: Jeremy Maclin
Darwin Thompson, RB, Utah State
- Assumedly there are a few factors as to why a top 10 running back in the 2019 NFL Draft wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine. Darwin Thompson is small (5-8, 200 pounds), from a smaller school, and played FBS football for just one season. He should still be at the NFL Combine despite all of these things. Thompson makes up for his size by running extremely hard with great contact balance. With his burst, quickness, and balance he’s always a threat to take one all the way. He’s also one of the top pass catching backs in the draft. He’s perfect for todays NFL.
- Pro Comparison: Tarik Cohen
Penny Hart, WR, Georgia State
- After his performance during Senior Bowl week it’s pretty surprising that Penny Hart didn’t earn an invite to the NFL Combine. He was one of the big winners down in Mobile, but I guess the combo of his small stature (5-8, 180 pounds) and playing at a small school was enough to snub him. Hart is a master with his release off the line and route running. His footwork and smoothness is how he makes up for his lack of size. An NFL team is going to love him in the slot.
- Pro Comparison: Taylor Gabriel
Devine Ozigbo, RB, Nebraska
- With an impressive season at Nebraska and a huge week at the East-West Shrine Game, Devine Ozigbo has put himself in the top 10 running back convo. Despite this, he got snubbed from the NFL Combine. Ozigbo is a powerful runner with the contact balance needed to make big time plays. He has enough athleticism to create home run plays at times and athletic testing at the NFL Combine could have really helped his stock. With the depth at running back in this class Ozigbo could go Day 3, but find an immediate role in an NFL backfield.
- Pro Comparison: Jordan Howard
Olamide Zaccheaus, WR, Virginia
- Since Penny Hart was snubbed, it’s less surprising that Olamide Zaccheaus was also snubbed from the NFL Combine. Like Hart, Zaccheaus is an undersized slot receiver (5-8, 190 pounds) who some NFL teams will love and others will be scared off from. Zaccheaus wins with precise route running and his ability after the catch. When the ball is in his hands he turns into a running back with great contact balance for a receiver. It might take some developing, but there’s a role for a guy with his skill set in the league.
- Pro Comparison: Albert Wilson
Marquise Copeland, IDL, Cincinnati
- It’s a wildly deep interior defensive line class and that’s a major reason a guy like Marquise Copeland is being overlooked. Copeland is a squatty 1-Tech type of defensive lineman who wins with heavy hands and great leverage. He can be a rotational NFL defensive lineman.
- Pro Comparison: Timmy Jernigan
Michael Dogbe, IDL, Temple
- Never sleep on a Temple tough kid in a single digit jersey like Michael Dogbe. He’s got a motor for days and his ability to hold the point despite some size questions is impressive. With his quickness and explosiveness NFL teams are going to be interested in him on Day 3.
- Pro Comparison: Dominique Easley
Clifton Duck, CB, Appalachian State
- When small school cornerbacks have some size and athleticism questions in generally scares the NFL off. Clifton Duck is an off-zone cornerback who has great technique and some of the better ball skills in the NFL. For a zone heavy team, he’ll get Day 3 looks.
- Pro Comparison: Brent Grimes
Jalen Young, S, FAU
- Playing safety with a lack of size, athleticism questions, and at a small school is probably why Jalen Young isn’t at the NFL combine. What Young does have is versatility, impressive instincts, and he’s an aggressive tackler. If he isn’t drafted, he’ll make a team on specials thanks to his tenacity.
- Pro Comparison: Ricardo Allen
Adarius Pickett, S, UCLA
- The NFL Combine seems to be scared off from safeties with some athletic questions. Adarius Pickett isn’t massive and isn’t a great athlete, but he’s one of the most physical safeties in the class. He thrives in the box and if he can add some weight the dime linebacker role seems like a spot he could find a home.
- Pro Comparison: Adrian Phillips
Donald Parham, TE, Stetson
- It really sucks that Donald Parham won’t be at the NFL Combine. He’s polarizing with his size (6-9, 240 pounds), production, and lack of competition in college. NFL teams will be interested in him with that size, and his ball adjustment ability makes him a red zone threat.
- Pro Comparison: Joseph Fauria
Malik Reed, EDGE, Nevada
- If Malik Reed wasn’t so small (6-1, 250 pounds), he would have more hype behind his name. His ability to bend around the edge and run the arc is enough to catch the NFL’s attention. With the depth at edge he might go undrafted, but he’s got the ability to make a team.
- Pro Comparison: Darryl Tapp
Khalil Hodge, LB, Buffalo
- If this were 20 years ago, the NFL would like Khalil Hodge a lot more. He’s an old school thumper at linebacker who makes plays against the run with his aggressiveness and strong tackling ability. The lack of athleticism is what teams are worried about with him.
- Pro Comparison: Anthony Walker Jr.
Delvon Randall, S, Temple
- Another safety who loves to thump, but the NFL is less interested in due to athleticism questions. Again, don’t bet against a Temple tough kid in a single digit jersey. Delvon Randall has great instincts against the run and is an aggressive tackler. He thumps people over the middle too, look for him to make the NFL on specials.
- Pro Comparison: Atari Bigby
Tyree St. Louis, OT, Miami
- With his size and aggressiveness, Tyree St. Louis will likely be selected on Day 3 of the NFL Draft. He has some questions in pass pro with his lack of bend and tendency to lunge, but he’s a nice developmental swing tackle with enough NFL traits.
- Pro Comparison: Paul McQuistan
Albert Huggins, IDL, Clemson
- If Albert Huggins played at almost any other school in the country, he would have been a starter. He was stuck behind Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence at Clemson, but he’s a good football player. Huggins can be a run stuffing rotational 1-Tech thanks to his leverage and strength.
- Pro Comparison: Treyvon Hester
Bruce Anderson, RB, North Dakota State
- The worst thing about being a running back is there’s so damn many of them. Per usual this draft is full of Day 3 RBs who can find a role in the NFL. Bruce Anderson is one of those guys. His contact balance, pass catching, and willingness in pass protection will get him on the field in the NFL.
- Pro Comparison: Alex Collins
Ricky Walker, IDL, Virginia Tech
- Lots and lots of interior defensive linemen in the 2019 NFL Draft will be pushed down due to the depth. Ricky Walker is a hardworking and versatile defensive linemen. His quickness is his best trait and he can be in a rotation in the NFL.
- Pro Comparison: Christian Covington
Chandler Brewer, IOL, Middle Tennessee State
- Nobody has talked much about Chandler Brewer, probably due to him playing O-line at a small school, but he’s got traits. With his size (6-6, 310 pounds), anchor, and movement skills, he’s an interesting Day 3 guy for offensive lines needing depth.
- Pro Comparison: Jack Mewhort
Ryan Anderson, C, Wake Forest
- It’s not every day you find a center with the length that Ryan Anderson does (6-6, 305 pounds). His ability in pass protection using his length, hand placement, and anchor is impressive. The lack of athleticism and questions in the run game, including his aggressiveness, will scare some teams.
- Pro Comparison: Travis Swanson
Youhanna Ghaifan, IDL, Wyoming
- It would have been a better option for Youhanna Ghaifan to grad transfer from Wyoming, but he declared for the NFL Draft. He has an interesting skill set with impressive quickness and ability as a pass rusher. The NFL Combine would have been a huge boost for him.
- Pro Comparison: Evander Hood
Terrone Prescod, IOL, NC State
- If you want a big people mover late on Day 3 or even undrafted, Terrone Prescod is one of the guys to look at. He’s a massive mauler who plays through the whistle. Pass protection is rough at times and he’s not a great athlete, but could be a depth player.
- Pro Comparison: Travelle Wharton
Kyle Phillips, DL, Tennessee
- One guy who has risen quietly after the East-West Shrine Game week is Kyle Phillips. The NFL Combine could have locked him into a Day 3 selection. He’s a strong 5-Tech who excels vs the run and plays with great leverage.
- Pro Comparison: Cory Redding
Jesse Burkett, C, Stanford
- Generally, Stanford interior offensive linemen are smart, tough, and strong in the run game, Jesse Burkett hits all of those. Due to depth he might last until late Day 3, but he has some traits NFL teams will like in a backup center.
- Pro Comparison: John Sullivan
Tariq Cole, OL, Rutgers
- If Rutgers wasn’t such a mess, there would be a little more talk about Tariq Cole. He’s massive (6-6, 320 pounds), has heavy hands, and plays like a mean SOB. A move to guard would be best in the NFL. Could be a depth steal if he goes undrafted.
- Pro Comparison: Guy Whimper
Cortez Broughton, IDL, Cincinnati
Matt Colburn, RB, Wake Forest
Calvin Anderson, OT, Texas
Wes Martin, IOL, Indiana
Garrett Brumfield, IOL, LSU
Ed Alexander, IDL, LSU
Josiah Tauaefa, LB, UTSA
Cole Holcomb, LB, North Carolina
Garrett Davis, S, Houston
Jeremy McDuffie, DB, Duke
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