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NFL Scouting Combine rankings 



 By Gil Brandt
Special to NFL.com

Here's a breakdown by position of the players who will be at the combine. We also are listing the top players at each position, and players you might not have heard of who might be a high draft pick.

These rankings can change after the combine because of physicals (players could have injuries or health problems) and workouts (e.g. a player might run faster than had been expected). Last year, for example, Leonard Davis of Texas and LaDainian Tomlinson of TCU both moved up after running well and looked great in the drills. Davis was the second player picked overall (Cardinals); Tomlinson was the fifth (Chargers). 

Note: The combine track is fast great for running very good times.

Offensive linemen 53 players invited

First players likely to be picked:
1. Mike Williams, Texas
1a. Bryant McKinnie, Miami (Fla.)
3. Toniu Fonoti, Nebraska
4. Andre Gurode, Colorado
5. Kendall Simmons, Auburn
6. Levi Jones, Arizona State
7. Mike Pearson, Florida
8. Marc Colombo, Boston College
9. Terrence Metcalf, Mississippi
10. Eric Heitman, Stanford

High picks you may not have heard of:
Qasim Mitchell, North Carolina A&T
Ed Ta'Amu, Utah
Richard Williams, Gardner-Webb

In 2001, 61 offensive linemen were invited to the combine -- 39 were drafted; three players not invited were also drafted.

Running backs 49 players invited

First players likely to be picked:
1. William Green, Boston College
2. T.J. Duckett, Michigan State
3. DeShaun Foster, UCLA
4. Clinton Portis, Miami (Fla.)
5. Luke Staley, BYU
6. Lamar Gordon, North Dakota St.
7. Jonathan Wells, Ohio State
8. Ladell Betts, Iowa

High picks you might not have heard of:
Adrian Peterson, Georgia Southern
Brian Westbrook, Villanova

In 2001, 27 running backs were invited to the combine 18 were drafted; two players not invited were also drafted. 

Quarterbacks 18 players invited

First players likely to be picked:
1. David Carr, Fresno State
1a. Joey Harrington, Oregon
3. Kurt Kittner, Illinois
4. Patrick Ramsey, Tulane
5. Rohan Davey, LSU

High picks you might not have heard of:
Josh McCown, Sam Houston State
J.T. O'Sullivan, California-Davis
Greg Zolman, Vanderbilt

In 2001, 17 quarterbacks were invited to the combine 10 were drafted; one player not invited was also drafted.

Wide receivers 37 players invited

First players likely to be picked:
1. Jabar Gaffney, Florida
1a. Donte Stallworth, Tennessee
3. Ashley Lelie, Hawaii
4. Josh Reed, LSU
5. Antonio Bryant, Pittsburgh
6. Reche Caldwell, Florida
7. Andre Davis, Virginia Tech
8. Marquise Walker, Michigan
9. Javon Walker, Florida State

High picks you might not have heard of:
Darrell Hill, Northern Illinois
Kahlil Hill, Iowa
Cliff Russell, Utah

I think the order of wide receiver will change several times before draft day. The combine workout will be very important to this group of players. 

In 2001, 49 receivers were invited to the combine 30 were drafted; five players not invited were also drafted.

Tight ends 22 players invited

First players likely to be picked:
1. Daniel Graham, Colorado
2. Jeremy Shockey, Miami (Fla.)
3. Matt Schobel, TCU
4. Jerramy Stevens, Washington
5. Derek Smith, Kentucky

High picks you might not have heard of:
Keith Heinrich, Sam Houston State
Terry Jones, Alabama

In 2001, 19 tight ends were invited to the combine 12 were drafted; and two players not invited were also drafted.

Defensive linemen 42 players invited

First players likely to be picked:
1. Julius Peppers, North Carolina
2. Albert Haynesworth, Tennessee
3. John Henderson, Tennessee
4. Wendell Bryant, Wisconsin
5. Ryan Sims, North Carolina
6. Kalimba Edwards, South Carolina
7. Anthony Weaver, Notre Dame
8. Alex Brown, Florida
9. Dennis Johnson, Kentucky
10. Dwight Freeney, Syracuse

High picks you might not have heard of:
Charles Grant, Georgia
Gregory Scott, Hampton
Bryan Thomas, Alabama-Birmingham

In 2001, 53 defensive linemen were invited to the combine 39 were drafted; 10 players not invited were also drafted.

Linebackers 34 players invited

First players likely to be picked:
1. Napoleon Harris, Northwestern
2. Levar Fisher, North Carolina State
3. Robert Thomas, UCLA
4. James Allen, Oregon State
5. Andra Davis, Florida
6. Saleem Rasheed, Alabama
7. Ben Taylor, Virginia Tech
8. Trev Faulk, LSU

High picks you might not have heard of:
Justin Ena, BYU
Dwayne Levels, Oklahoma State
David Thornton, North Carolina

In 2001, 27 players were invited to the combine 25 were drafted; two players not invited were also drafted. 

Defensive backs 60 players invited

First players likely to be picked:
1. Quentin Jammer, Texas
2. Phillip Buchanon, Miami (Fla.)
3. Roy Williams, Oklahoma
4. Lito Sheppard, Florida
5. Edward Reed, Miami (Fla.)
6. Keyuo Craver, Nebraska
7. Mike Rumph, Miami (Fla.)
8. Michael Lewis, Colorado
9. Lamont Thompson, Washington State
10. Derek Ross, Ohio State

High picks you might not have heard of:
Tony Beckham, Wisconsin-Stout
Glen Sumter, Memphis
Ramon Walker, Pittsburgh
Dante Wesley, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Roosevelt Williams, Tuskegee

In 2001, 61 players were invited to the combine 42 were drafted; three players not invited were also drafted. 

Kickers 13 players invited

First players likely to be picked:
1. Dave Zastudil, punter, Ohio University
2. Travis Dorsch, kicker, Purdue
3. Jeff Chandler, kicker, Florida

In 2001, 11 players were invited to the combine three were drafted; two players not invited were also drafted.

Historical breakdown

Year Combine Invitees Non-Invitees
1993 344 202 59% 94% 22 6%
1994 316 190 60% 91% 32 9%
1995 313 193 62% 85% 56 15%
1996 331 216 65% 90% 38 10%
1997 325 201 62% 89% 39 11%
1998 325 205 63% 90% 36 10%
1999 323 211 65% 83% 42 17%
2000 326 203 62% 80% 51 20%
2001 325 216 66% 88% 30 12%
1993-2000 2,928 1,837 63% 84% 346 16%

2001 Draft breakdown

2001 Draft Combine
Invitees
Drafted
Invitees
% Invitees
drafted
Drafted
Non-invitees
Drafted Total
QB 17 10 58.8% 1 11
HB 19 13 68.4% 2 15
FB 8 5 62.5% 0 5
WR 49 30 61.2% 5 35
TE 19 12 63.2% 2 14
C 8 5 62.5% 0 5
G 33 17 51.5% 1 18
T 20 15 75.0% 2 17
DE 29 21 72.4% 4 25
DT 24 18 75.0% 6 24
ILB 9 9 100% 0 9
OLB 18 16 88.9% 2 18
CB 34 24 70.6% 0 24
S 27 18 66.7% 3 21
PK 5 1 20.0% 2 3
P 6 2 33.3% 0 2
Total 325 216 66.5% 30 246
2001 Round of Selection
for Non-Invitees
Round 4 2
Round 5 6
Round 6 8
Round 7 14
Total 30


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