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9 ‘Canes Earn Invites to the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine

Kaaya, Njoku and Elder are some of the names that will represent Miami at the Combine in Indy

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Earlier today the NFL officially released the entire list of prospects who earned a invite to the annual NFL Scouting Combine held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.

Most of the names that you’d expect to compete and “show out” in the ‘Underwear Olympics’ received a golden ticket to the week long interview that begins February 28th running until March 6th.

Jamal Carter (safety)

Stacy Coley (wide receiver)

Corn Elder (cornerback)

Danny Isidora (guard)

Rayshawn Jenkins (safety)

Brad Kaaya (quarterback)

Al-Quadin Muhammad (edge-rusher)

David Njoku (tight end)

Justin Vogel (punter)

AQM did’t play a single snap this past season, however still got the opportunity to workout in Indy. If there’s one thing that AQM does plenty of, it’s working out. Check his IG for proof. Listed as a defensive end on don’t be surprised to see him working in hybrid drills (dropping back into coverage) or working with LBs when the time comes.

North Carolina v Miami
Left off the Combine invite list Joe Yearby (2) will look to turn heads at regional combines
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As with any invitation in life there are sure to be snubs. The guys who were left behind the velvet rope are as follows:

Adrian Colbert (cornerback)

Stan Dobard (defensive lineman)

Jermaine Grace (linebacker)

Malcolm Lewis (wide receiver)

Joseph Yearby (running back)

Marquez Williams (fullback)

Given his position it’s a bit of a surprise that Joe Yearby was left off the invite list. It speaks to just how loaded the running back class is this year if Joe was not one of the 33 backs to be offered a trip to Indy.

Just as shocking to see was that Jermaine Grace being left out. Along with AQM, Grace missed the entire 2016-’17 season, yet had mid-to-late round buzz as prospect who could warrant a draft selection.

As for Grace and the rest of the names on the snub list there remains hope to gain the right attention, from the right set of eyeballs, who have the clout to make personnel decisions at the pro level. Their path is a winding one that isn’t quite defined as going to the national combine brings. Yet there’s still regional combines and other alternative methods to interact with NFL franchises. It’s always a nice security blanket to have teams come to your training grounds such as a Pro Day offers to improve on marks from the combine and to make another lasting impression.