The Combine Report: Previous NFL Regional Combine Players Headlines The Veteran Combine

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

For the NFL Combine Series, the Super Regional Combine will not cap the 2015 sessions. The NFL will conduct their inaugural Veteran Combine as the finale, which will be held on March 22 at the Arizona Cardinals’ practice facility in Tempe, Arizona.

A hand full of former NFL headliners will venture through the Veteran Combine to be assessed, accordingly, based off their drill testing performances to earn another shot in the league. Although the Veteran Combine will conclude the NFL Combine Series this season, and probably for years to come, the NFL Regional Combine continues to be represented firmly.

“The Regional and Veterans combines are about opportunity and closure. For the invitees to the regional combine, it is an opportunity for prospects to be evaluated by the scouts as they pursue their dream of playing in the NFL,” says Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations.

Some to note:

DE Rakim Cox

DB Jordan Sullen

DE Brandon Copeland

TE Eric Waters

DB Kyle Sebetic

DB Ryan White

T Greg Van Roten

DT Zach Minter

G Darius Morris

WR Ifeanyi Momah

WR Takashi Kurihara

All attended the NFL Regional Combine and some were invited to the NFL Super Regional Combine within the past two years.

However, they all signed with a NFL club whether during training camp or a season, mainly as member of a practice squad.

Cox was with the Minnesota Vikings during training camp last season and later joined the Miami Dolphins for a stint.

Jordan Sullen/Google Images

Jordan Sullen/Google Images

Sullen was believed to make the Denver Broncos practice squad last season because they needed help in the secondary. Unfortunately, he was released. The pride of Tulane managed to sign with the Chicago Bears, to only later land in the Steel City with the Pittsburgh Steelers to finish out the 2014 NFL campaign on their practice squad.

Copeland was with the Tennessee Titans and Waters was member of the Steelers. Sebetic was with the New York Giants, while White was a Green Bay Packer.

Van Roten was a member of the Seattle Seahawks and Minter tackles his way onto the Cincinnati Bengals’ practice squad. Morris was in the Dallas Cowboys’ camp and Momah caught onto the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ weekly practice schedule.

All 32 NFL clubs will have their scouts in attendance to survey the talented athletes to witness if their abilities can effectively impact a team’s season. In addition to the 40-Yard Dash, Short Shuttle, Vertical Jump and measurables being examined, specific-positional drills will be design to orchestrate game-like situations to determine how they would react on the field.

Running backs Michael Bush, Felix Jones and Mikel LeShoure and defensive end Michael Sam are the headliners of the Veteran Combine.

Bush was picked by the Oakland Raiders as a fourth-round selection (100th-overall) in the 2007 NFL Draft. Jones was the Dallas Cowboys first round selection (22nd-overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft. Followed by LeShoure as a second round choice (57th-overall) for the Detroit Lions in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Sam was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh-round (249th-overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft, becoming the first opened-gay athlete to be drafted into the league.

Clearly, majority of the participants of the Veteran Combine want another opportunity to play on Sunday afternoons.

Frankly, this Combine gives teams the opportunity to get it right the second time around with these players. Especially for the pioneers of the NFL Regional Combine who wants to prove they are the answer a squad needs.

When it’s all said and done, closure will finally settle for all parties.

“The Veterans Combine affords those who have played in the NFL an opportunity to for clubs to get another look at athletes who may have a particular skill that a team need,” says Vincent. “In addition, the veterans combine may bring an athlete closer to the hardest decision he will ever make—the closure of his playing experience.
“In that, the League has the opportunity to explain the various options he has to assist him in this transition, including the players’ Trust, the Player Care Foundation and our Legends initiative.
“Regional—opportunities for prospects to be evaluated and for others to bring closure to their athletic aspirations.”

 

2015 NFL Veteran Combine Participants
(subject to change)
Full Name Position College
Armstrong, Matt C Grand Valley State
Carter, Sherman C Tennessee State
Foster, Jason C Rhode Island
Gallington, Deveric C Texas Tech
Golic, Mike C Notre Dame
Gottschalk, Ben C Southern Methodist
Pocic, Graham C Illinois
Van Roten, Greg C Pennsylvania
Berry, Aaron CB Pittsburgh
Burton, Brandon CB Utah
Carr, Deveron CB Arizona State
Edwards, Kip CB Missouri
Lee, Saeed CB Alabama State
Love, Jordan CB Towson
Lyn, Keon CB Syracuse
Patrick, Johnny CB Louisville
Posey, Julian CB Ohio
Reid, Greg CB Valdosta State
Sullen, Jordan CB Tulane
White, Ryan CB Auburn
Anderson, Jamaal DE Arkansas
Brown, Sammy DE Houston
Carriker, Adam DE Nebraska
Cox, Rakim DE Villanova
Mims, Tevin DE South Florida
Paulhill, Shahid DE Temple
Rayford, Caesar DE Washington
Roh, Craig DE Michigan
Sam, Michael DE Missouri
Black, Larry DT Indiana
Collins, Nate DT Virginia
Forston, Marcus DT Miami
Harris, DaJohn DT Southern California
Jerideau, Byron DT South Carolina
Minter, Zach DT Montana State
Thompson, Everrette DT Washington
Troup, Torell DT Central Florida
Moore, Dan FB Montana
Pryor, Lonnie FB Florida State
Unga, Harvey FB Brigham Young
Dominguez, Ray G Arkansas
Goodin, Stephen G Nebraska-Kearney
Huey, Michael G Texas
Morris, Darius G Temple
Wells, Justin G St. Augustine’s
White, Ian G Boston College
Baker, Chris LB East Carolina
Copeland, Brandon LB Pennsylvania
Divitto, Steele LB Boston College
Doughty, Jake LB Utah State
Dowtin, Marcus LB North Alabama
Drakeford, Darin LB Maryland
Fox, Dan LB Notre Dame
Glaud, Ka’Lial LB Rutgers
Keiser, Thomas LB Stanford
Kimbrough, Jeremy LB Appalachian State
Lutrus, Scott LB Connecticut
Rolle, Brian LB Ohio State
So’oto, Vic LB Brigham Young
Steward, Phillip LB Houston
Miller, Jordan NT Southern U.
Johnson, Jerrod QB Texas A&M
Kafka, Mike QB Northwestern
Kay, Brendon QB Cincinnati
Price, Keith QB Washington
Robinson, Zac QB Oklahoma State
Thomas, Darron QB Oregon
Wilson, Tyler QB Arkansas
Bush, Michael RB Louisville
Hampton, Jewel RB Southern Illinois
Hines, Quentin RB Akron
Jones, Felix RB Arkansas
LeShoure, Mikel RB Illinois
Scott, Da’Rel RB Maryland
Wood, Cierre RB Notre Dame
Mcmillian, Jerron S Maine
Mitchell, Charles S Mississippi State
Owusu-Ansah, Akwasi S Indiana, Pa.
Sebetic, Kyle S Dayton
Silva, Mana S Hawaii
Starling, Jawanza S Southern California
Young, Joe S Rutgers
Aladenoye, Josh T Illinois State
Breckner, Jack T Gustavus Adolphus
Foketi, Manase T West Texas A&M
Harris, Randall T Towson
Childers, Jamie TE Coastal Carolina
Momah, Ifeanyi TE Boston College
Ogbuehi, Emmanuel TE Georgia State
Veldman, Matt TE North Dakota State
Walker, Dallas TE Western Michigan
Waters, Eric TE Missouri
Adams, Joe WR Arkansas
Anderson, Joe WR Texas Southern
Gadsden, Ben WR Miami
Jean, Lestar WR Florida Atlantic
Johnson, Darius WR Southern Methodist
Kurihara, Tukashi WR No College
Mayo, Thomas WR California, Pa.
Mitchell, Carlton WR South Florida
Slaughter, Nathan WR West Texas A&M
Steelman, Trent WR Army
Williams, LaQuan WR Maryland
                                
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