Big Ten players invited to the 2016 NFL Combine

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The invite list for the NFL Combine is out. And, it is loaded with Big Ten players–58 in all.

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Ohio State leads the way among league schools with 14 players invited to the Combine, which will be held Feb. 23-29 in Indianapolis.

All 14 schools have at least one player going.

Jack Allen, C, Michigan State
Geronimo Allison, WR, Illinois
Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State
Austin Blythe, C, Iowa
Briean Boddy-Calhoun, CB, Minnesota
Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Anthony Brown, CB, Purdue
Aaron Burbridge, WR, Michigan State
Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
De’Vondre Campbell, OLB, Minnesota
Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
Brad Craddock, K, Maryland
Sean Davis, S, Maryland
Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
Josh Ferguson, RB, Illinois
Graham Glasgow, C, Michigan
Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
Joel Heath, DT, Michigan State
Willie Henry, DT, Michigan
Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana
Andy Janovich, FB, Nebraska
Quinton Jefferson, DT, Maryland
Austin Johnson, NT, Penn State
Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State
Marshall Koehn, K, Iowa
Darius Latham, DT, Indiana
Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State
Alex Lewis, OT, Nebraska
Jordan Lomax, S, Iowa
Steve Longa, OLB, Rutgers
Dean Lowry, DE, Northwestern
Jordan Lucas, S, Penn State
Jalin Marshall, WR, Ohio State
Tyler Marz, OT, Wisconsin
Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota
Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State
Yannick Ngakoue, OLB, Maryland
Drew Ott, DE, Iowa
Joshua Perry, ILB, Ohio State
Tyvis Powell, S, Ohio State
Joe Schobert, OLB, Wisconsin
Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
Joel Stave, QB, Wisconsin
Nate Sudfeld, QB, Indiana
Lawrence Thomas, DT, Michigan State
Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
Vincent Valentine, DT, Nebraska
Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State
Dan Vitale, FB, Northwestern
Jihad Ward, DE, Illinois
Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State
Anthony Zettel, DT, Penn State

Players invited by school

Ohio State: 14
Michigan State: 7
Penn State: 5
Nebraska: 4
Indiana: 4
Maryland: 4
Iowa: 4
Minnesota: 3
Illinois: 3
Wisconsin: 3
Rutgers: 2
Michigan: 2
Northwestern: 2
Purdue: 1

Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer

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maryam on 2/11/2016 @ 7:29pm EDT Said:

I just don’t understand why Jake Rudock of Michigan wasn’t invited.
How many more times will Big 10 QBs who had outstanding final seasons in the Big 10 will get overlooked and underrated?
I saw it with Tom Brady (1999), Drew Brees (2000), Russell Wilson (2011) and now Rudock.
The first three I mentioned were drafted lower than they should have been and all of them are on Hall of Fame paces in their NFL careers.

tim on 2/12/2016 @ 11:33am EDT Said:

maryman ive missed you since it is basketball season. Just an fyi Iowa is good there too!!! Being a Hawkeye Ruddock had a great year, but he is no way in the category of the other 3 qb’s. He doesn’t have the physical ability of the other 3. He lacks arm strenght of Brady or Brees and doesn’t have the mobility of Wilson. He was a good college QB, but he has hit his ceiling. CJ on the other hand will be an exceptional NFL QB.

maryam on 2/12/2016 @ 1:18pm EDT Said:

Tim, thanks for responding.
What I just read what you wrote sounds exactly like what I heard folks say about Brady right before the 2000 NFL Draft.
Now I am a big Michigan fan who has followed them since 1967 and the biggest Brady fan and Rudock at this stage is better than Brady was in 1999.
People are comparing Brady to what he has done in the NFL but Rudock this year showed me that his physical skills are better and his learns faster. Brees was great in college and I have said many times, I first watched Wilson in high school and Wilson is the most talented and composed QB I ever saw play in college and I told folks in 2010 while he was at NC State that he would be a NFL star and I was laughed at.
Now here is why Rudock has the advantage over Brady coming out of college.
(1) In college, Brady sat on the bench in 1995, 1996 and 1997 when Michigan won the national title. He started slowly in 1998 in the first two games (like Rudock this year) and he caught on and that too went 10-3 and won a share of the Big 10 title.
In 1999 he led them to a 10-2 record and No.5 final finish.
With all that, Brady didn’t have the mobility and movement of Rudock.
(2) Look at Michigan in Brady’s era and Michigan this year with Rudock.
Michigan was a top program then and Brady had to fight off competition all five years with Dreisbach, Griese and later Henson. Rudiock had no competition this year and he grew into that job and midway into the season, he carried that team with less talent than Brady had in 1998 and 1999. Look at the talent disparity Brady had over Rudock.
Rudock helped elevate the games of Darboh and Chesson who prior to this year did nothing for Michigan.
(3) You talked about arm strength.
Rudock going into the draft and the NFL will get stronger in workouts and with NFL training.
(4) Rudock entered college as a great champion from high school where he led the team to titles while Brady was not that great in high school. Then couple what he did at Iowa and Michigan and his college resume is pretty good.
Rudock proved he could adapt in different environments with different coaches in extreme circumstances.
Who saw Michigan this year winning 10 games and finishing ranked No.11 in the final poll? Rudock helped do that in just one year.
(5) Finally, CJ Beathard is NOT as good as folks are making him out to be.
Rudock this year playing better teams (6 ranked where he went 3-3), led the Big 10 in completion percentage, had more yards, more TD passes and was more vital to his offense. His passing efficiency was higher as well.
I said Beathard was overrated and the Big 10 title game (one great play the entire game) and the Rose Bowl showed me he is Chuck Long 2.0 when it really counts.
Beathard’s season looked great because Iowa played a relative weak schedule until their final two games where they lost both and his team was a ball controlled running offense with a tough defense.
Iowa’d defense allowed 16 points in the conference title game against a Top 5 team and their offense could not put the game away early when they settled for two FGs and a INT in the end zone while being in the red zone in each instance.
Michigan played FIVE teams that won 10 or more games this year (Utah, Northwestern, MSU, Ohio State and Florida) and all finished in the Top 25 and Iowa played THREE (Northwestern, who Michigan shutout, MSU and Stanford, who both shutdown Rudock with ease).
Consider these reasons.

maryam on 2/13/2016 @ 4:29pm EDT Said:

MSU and Stanford shut down Beathard, NOT Rudock.

Scott on 2/14/2016 @ 4:35am EDT Said:

For all intents and purposes Whisky shut down CJ as well.