By: Barry Barnes, Founder
Pioneers of the NFL Regional Combine continue to flood NFL rosters. As of December 6, 11 standouts from the annual NFL Football Operation signed with clubs, bringing the total of RC players in the NFL to 82.
Cornerback Darryl Morris Jr. signed with the New York Giants on November 28. Morris attended the RC sessions in 2013 and before joining the G-Men, he played for four other clubs. The Texas State grad registered 67 tackles, has eight defense passes and an interception.
Tennessee State’s own offensive lineman Demetrius Rhaney was drafted in 2014 by the Los Angeles Rams in the seventh round (250th-overall). Rhaney battled injuries, but played through 32 games. The Washington Redskins signed Rhaney November 21.
Hill is one of the few ball carriers from the RC trials to actually earn an NFL career, albeit on practice squads. After making several pit stops around the league, Hill finally made an active roster. The Jacksonville Jaguars welcomed Hill last season, and in three games, he had two carries for 11 yards.
The Arizona Cardinals signed Hill to the practice squad on November 20, but he was promoted to active on the 28th. Due to a banged-up backfield, he may earn a couple of attempts with NFL Regional Combine brother Elijhaa Penny, who scored his first NFL touchdown in Week 13.
Until he injured an ankle in the team’s second preseason game, Currie was balling in the preseason for the Cleveland Browns, racking up seven tackles. He had been waived, signed, waived and re-signed to the practice squad.
Parker returns to the AFC West division as he signed with the Denver Broncos on November 15. Parker had stints with the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs. He recorded a reception for six yards for his career.
The 2016 NFL Regional Combine class probably produced the most talented group of players with five drafted, the most-ever for a campaign.
Defensive end Jonathan Woodard was among those draftees when he was selected by the Jaguars in the seventh-round (226th-overall). The Jaguars waived him before the start of the season. The Atlanta Falcons had him on their practice squad for about a month, but the Miami Dolphins welcomed him on December 5.
Wide receiver Jacob Lampman and guard Givens Price signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as practice squad members, both signing on November 22.
The 2017 NFL Regional Combine class is unique in that no player was drafted, yet 15 players still made the league. With the three latest signees, this year’s class is nearly at the average number of rookies who made it the past three seasons.
Trinity International’s Jarell Carter signed with the Cardinals again after being a part of the team during the preseason. Carter’s workout with the Minnesota-held showcase was one of the best throughout the 2017 locations.
Tonyan had a thrilling workout during his drills at the Minnesota-held trials. The Detroit Lions had Tonyan during the offseason before they waived the 6-5, 237-pound tight end on September 2.
Pringle returns to the Pack after being there throughout training camp. The multi-talented back from Southern Utah amassed 1,130 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on 228 carries (4.9 avg.) while hauling in 36 passes for 329 yards (9.1 avg.) and a score in 33 games. Pringle also experienced time as a kickoff returner in 2016 as he averaged 19.7 yards on 15 returns and a touchdown.
In the NFL, there is always room for talent.
The NFL Regional Combine platform continues to provide exposure for that talent.