A school-record six members of the 2015 Mississippi State football team will report to Indianapolis this week as the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine takes place in Lucas Oil Stadium.
All six played pivotal roles in the most successful two-year stretch in MSU history. The invites include: linebacker Beniquez Brown, cornerback Taveze Calhoun, defensive tackle Chris Jones, quarterback Dak Prescott, cornerback Will Redmond and wide receiver De’Runnya Wilson.
NFL Network will televise press conferences at 11 a.m. CT Thursday. They will broadcast on-field workouts at 8 a.m. CT on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Streaming video and content will be available at NFL.com.
The six invitees eclipse the previous MSU single-Combine record of five in 2000. MSU is tied for fifth in the Southeastern Conference in NFL Combine invites this year, one year after the Bulldogs produced four. Under head coach Dan Mullen, 25 MSU players have been invited to the NFL Combine since 2010.
Players will go through six measurable drills of their choosing – 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill and shuttle run — in front of representatives of all 32 league teams. Each player will have the opportunity to interview with different teams. Several will attend MSU’s Pro Timing Day on Thursday, March 10 as well.
Prescott and Wilson go through measurements and media interviews on Thursday before on-field drills on Saturday morning. Jones, who has rocketed into most top 50 draft boards, will meet with the media on Friday, bench press Saturday and go through on-field workouts Sunday. Brown joins the linebacker group on the field Sunday. Calhoun is scheduled to work out with the defensive backs Monday.
Brown, Jones and Wilson all declared for the NFL Draft following their junior seasons last fall. Brown ranked second on the squad in tackles with 99 and was second in the SEC in blocked kicks with two. Jones was a second-team All-America selection by Pro Football Focus following a 2015 campaign in which he produced 44 tackles, including 7.5 for loss. Wilson is the first Bulldog wide receiver to receive an invite since Justin Jenkins in 2004.
Prescott was named most outstanding player of the Senior Bowl last month and has been training in Orlando. The owner of 38 school records, he is considered one of the top five quarterbacks in the draft. The cornerback tandem of Calhoun-Redmond combined for 40 passes defended in the past three seasons. Redmond’s senior year was cut short after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee on Oct. 20. He has since had surgery and is working hard to get back to full strength.
All six players helped the Bulldogs to their highest two-year win total (19) in school history, including a 10-3 campaign in 2014 and a 9-4 mark in 2015.