2016 NFL Combine, Part 7: Quarterbacks, Running Backs, Specialists Invited

2016 NFL Combine Invitees

Quarterbacks                   (18)
Vernon Adams  –  Oregon
Brandon Allen  –  Arkansas
Trevone Boykin  –  Texas Christian
Jacoby Brissett  – North Carolina State
Connor Cook  –  Michigan State
Brandon Doughty  –  Western Kentucky
Jeff Driskel  –  Louisiana Tech
Jared Goff  –  California
Christian Hackenberg  – Penn State
Kevin Hogan  –  Stanford
Cardale Jones  –  Ohio State
Cody Kessler  –  Southern California
Paxton Lynch  –  Memphis
Dak Prescott  –  Mississippi State
Joel Stave  –  Wisconsin
Nate Sudfeld  –  Indiana
Carson Wentz  –  North Dakota State
Josh Woodrum  –  Liberty

**  The Cleveland Browns have the second overall pick in this year’s NFL draft.  Barring a trade, they should have their pick of the best quarterbacks out there.
**  After the spectacular failure of Johnnny Manziel, aka Johnny Football, aka “Billy,” the Browns are in dire need of a quarterback.  Jared Goff of Cal is their best choice.  Carson Wentz of five-time FCS national champion North Dakota State is worth a shot.  Both have the size to play the position with authority – Goff  is 6’4″ and 205 pounds, Wentz is 6’5″ and 230 pounds.  Both have strong arms and mobility.  Wentz has the advantage of having played in a pro-style system.
**  What the Browns definitely don’t want to do is take Paxton Lynch of Memphis.  When he faced what was close to an NFL-caliber defense in the Birmingham Bowl against Auburn, he was awful.  Memphis lost 31-10, as Lynch completed only 16 of 37 (43%) for a puny 106 yards with an interception.  Most damning, he underthrew receivers who had run out patterns.
**  Nothing that happens in Indianapolis should change this opinion.

Running Backs            (24)
Peyton Barber  –  Auburn
Devontae Booker  –  Utah
Tra Carson  –  Texas A&M
Alex Collins  –  Arkansas
Marshaun Coprich  –  Illinois State
Kenneth Dixon  –  Louisiana Tech
Kenyan Drake  –  Alabama
Ezekiel Elliott  –  Ohio State
Tyler Ervin  –  San Jose State
Josh Ferguson  –  Illinois
Derrick Henry  –  Alabama
Jordan Howard  –  Indiana
Devon Johnson  –  Marshall
Daniel Lasco  –  California
Tre Madden  –  Southern California
Keith Marshall  –  Georgia
Paul Perkins  –  U.C.L.A.
C.J. Prosise  –  Notre Dame
Wendell Smallwood  –  West Virginia
Kelvin Taylor  –  Florida
Shad Thornton  –  North Carolina State
DeAndre Washington  –  Texas Tech
Brandon Wilds  –  South Carolina
Jonathan Williams  –  Arkansas

Fullbacks                   (5)
Glenn Gronkowski  –  Kansas State
Quayvon Hicks  –  Georgia
Andy Janovich  –  Nebraska
Soma Vainuku  –  Southern California
Dan Vitale  –  Northwestern

Punters                        (6)                                                                                                                                   Riley Dixon  –  Syracuse
Loc Edwards  –  Sam Houston State
Tom Hackett  –  Utah
Drew Kaser  –  Texas A&M
Will Monday  –  Duke
Nick O’Toole  –  West Virginia

Long Snappers              (1)
Jimmy Landes  –  Baylor

Placekickers                (6)
Robert Aguayo  –  Florida State
Brad Craddock  –  Maryland
Ka’imi Fairbairn  –  U.C.L.A.}
Marshall Koehn  –  Iowa
John Lunsford  –  Liberty
Jaden Oberkrom  –  Texas Christian

 

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