National Football League releases Scouting Combine invite list

2017 NFL Draft: 14 Michigan Wolverines Invited to Combine

The NFL released today an official participant list for the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine set to take place in Indianapolis, Ind. Last year, the SEC had 74 players invited - 16 more than the runner-up Big Ten.

That's certainly surprising, insofar as this draft class includes Clemson's Deshaun Watson, who, y'know, actually finished out his last season with the Tigers to the tune of an impressive national championship title.

The combine, which begins February 28 with the arrival of running backs, offensive linemen and specialists and concludes March 6 with the departure of defensive backs, is a key component in the pre-draft process.

The NFL Combine is a crucial week for players to make some of their final impressions on NFL scouts, general managers and coaches ahead of April's draft.

But as with past year, a Big Ten school had 14 players invited. Clemson, Texas A&M and Miami (FL) all have nine.

Wide receiver Chris Godwin and defensive end Garrett Sickels have received invitations. Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Utah, Southern California and Ohio State all have eight, while Louisville, Washington and North Carolina have seven each. At the 2015 draft, Vic Beasley and Stephone Anthony went in the first round.

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