Not everyone gets to go to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. The NFL holds five Regional Combines around the country for draft hopefuls to come show what they can do in front of NFL scouts. Yesterday the NFL invited over 100 prospects to the Arizona Cardinals Training Facility for the Arizona Regional Combine. 31 defensive backs and 28 receivers made up the bulk of players at the event.
The odds of making an NFL roster from participating at a Regional Combine isn’t very good. Last year three players that worked out at the five Regional Combines were drafted and 40 were signed as undrafted free agents. Typically some players will get invited to a rookie mini camp after the draft if a scout has seen something in them but only a handful will get signed and a get a shot at making the roster in the summer. Most of the guys onhand at the Arizona Combine were looking at the mini camp as their best opportunity to make it in the league.
There weren’t many superstars on hand but there were some notable names present.
Former LSU safety Micah Eugene who left Baton Rouge after his sophomore season to played out his career at Southeastern Louisiana was on hand.
Former USC fullback Soma Vainuku who was a standout on special teams during his time at Southern Cal was hoping to catch the eyes for NFL scouts. Fullback isn’t a sexy position and not every team has one on their roster. Vainuku was hoping to standout at the Combine to improve his draft stock.
Arizona leading rusher, running back Jared Baker is an intriguing prospect. He rushed for 207 yards against Colorado last season the followed it up going for three touchdowns against Washington State the following week.
Former Vanderbilt QB and brother of Chargers QB Phillip Rivers was present with his former Commodore teammate All-SEC TE Stephen Scheu.
Players like Daniel Davie from Nebraska really benefit from the opportunity. Davie was expected to have a big season in Nebraska during his senior year but hand and groin injuries cut his season short. The former Husker showed out and ran a 4.45 in the 40. That was the fastest time of all cornerbacks at the Combine.
Kieren Duncan from Colorado State-Pueblo had the fastest 40 time at the Arizona Combine. He ran the 40 in 4.32. That would’ve been good enough for third place at the 2015 NFL Combine in Indy. Duncan was thought to be an undrafted free agent at best but he could parlay that 40 time into a tryout at a rookie minicamp if he does go undrafted.
Receiver Devonte Robinson from Utah State had the second best 40 time at 4.33. He also had the second best vertical jump at 39.5 inches. Robinson had a good showing and could get invited to a rookie minicamp.
Receiver Marvin Hall from Washington had the third fastest 40 time at 4.35.
Arizona running back Jared Baker had the fastest 40 time of all running backs. Baker had a 4.42 time.
Arizona State QB Mike Bercovici was at the Combine hoping to show scouts he could be an NFL QB. With 3,855 yards and 30 touchdowns many were surprised he wasn’t invited to the Combine in Indianapolis. Some draft pundits had projected him to be drafted in the latter rounds or signed as an undrafted free agent after his time under center for the Sun Devils. Bercovici had the fastest 40 time among all the QBs present and had a good showing.
Below is the full list of all the players at the Arizona Regional Combine,
Will Arndt Western Connecticut State University
Mike Bercovici Arizona State
Ron Dickerson, Western State, Colo.
Joe Gray San Jose State
Tyler Nickel Simon Fraser
Caleb Oliver Kentucky Wesleyan
Stephen Rivers Northwestern State, La.
Kevin Russell Redlands
Jesse Andrew Scroggins III Lindenwood
Jared Baker Arizona
Dwaine Dabney Jr. William Paterson
Rashad Hall Adams State
Pereese Joas Hawaii
Cameron Nash Tuskegee
Jaquel Pitts Santa Ana
Kendall Roberson East Texas Baptist
Joel Rockmore Jr.Norteastern State University
Jeff Seybold Jr. Pittsburg State
Travis Sparks University of La Verne
Raphael Spencer Missouri Western
Shawn Vasquez Texas A&M-Kingsville
Penny, Elijhaa Idaho
Jahleel Pinner USC
Soma Vainuku USC
Taariq Allen Nebraska
Jerry Anderson Lindenwood
Malcolm Bailey Arizona Christian
Devonn Brown Lamar
Justin Burke King’s, Pa.
Deontrae Cooper Colorado State-Pueblo
Trevor Davis California
Jeremy Duncan Thomas Moore
Kieren Duncan Colorado State-Pueblo
Dezmon Epps Idaho
Bryan Fobbs Saginaw Valley State
Marvin Hall University of Washington
Jamuel Jones Kentucky Christian
Zach Kasuboski Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Darius Kersey William Paterson
Damond Lampkin Glenville State
Jacob Lampman Ferris State
Joseph Latu Southern Oregon
Jesse Needles Southern Oregon
Kevin Parks Southwest Minnesota State
Marcus Peterson Seton Hill
Vanzell Richardson, Lincoln, Mo.
Devonte Robinson, Utah State
Juquelle Thompson Fort Lewis
Dee Toliver, Missouri Western
Phadrae White, Rhode Island
Larry Young II Western New Mexico
Brandon Zylstra Concordia, Minn.
Dylan Curry Ball State
Dame Ndiaye Portland State
Anthony Norris Southern Utah
Steven Scheu Vanderbilt
Connor Hart Robert Morris University
Sione Keni University of San Diego
Givens Price Nebraska
Robert Smith Benedictine, Kan.
Jeffrey Starr San Diego
John Tupou Missouri Southern
Chad West University of Cincinnati
Brian Berzanski University of Central Missouri
Cassidy Curtis Eastern Washington
Herschel Prater Minn. State-Mankato
Paul Taylor II Bryant
Alfred Thomas Morehouse
Caleb Williams Rice
Rey Higuera University of Tulsa
Jamar Allah University of Arizona
Kweishi Brown Arizona State
Keith Trumps Saginaw Valley State
Jordan Champion North Dakota State
Daniel Davie Nebraska
Stephen DeJournett Western Connecticut
Josh Edet Jackson State
Seth Ellis Lamar
Nathaniel Harris Montana
Shai Harris Nebraska-Kearney
Jermaine Hough Jacksonville State
Darius Lewis Northern Arizona University
Mercy Maston Boise State
Robert Sharps Carroll, Mont.
Shamawn Wright UC Davis
Brandon Auguste Northern Michigan
Tevin Brock San Diego
Paul Dodson Jr Lincoln, Mo.
Micah Eugene Southeastern Louisiana
Jarvis Harrod Washburn University
Adam Sauder Taylor University
Nick Sharpe Humboldt State
Christian Johnson New Mexico Highlands
Tari Jones Midwestern State
Terrious Triplett UT Martin
Taylor Loffler University of British Columbia
Kelvin Mackey Whitworth
Ibrahim Maiga Eastern New Mexico
Robert Myers Minn. State-Mankato
Xavier Marsden Montana Tech
Charles Scott Dixie State, UT
Alex Hoff Linfield
Daniel Brown Southern Univ. of Baton Rouge A&M
Isaiah Bruce West Virginia University
Don Carter New Mexico Highlands
Semo Sila Saint Francis University
Ray Smith Faulkner
Christian Stewart Central Missouri
Kristopher Welch Eastern Oregon University
Deion Williams, Duke
Placid Ajoku II Lenoir-Rhyne
Miles Grooms Hampton
Taylor Roberts William Jewell
Kingsley Ibeh Chibueze Washburn University
Kyle Kragen California
Noche Nwofor Dickinson State, N.D.
Roy Robertson, UTEP
Chad Washington Columbia
Jonathan Woodard Central Arkansas
Tony Campton Colorado State-Pueblo
Michael Cowden Eastern New Mexico
Jeremy Dixon Seton Hill
Anthony Gordon, New Mexico Highlands
Alpha Kamara Midwestern State
Trevor Kelly California
David Weider Southern Oregon
Ryan Edwards Idaho