The 2014 NFL Combine, in downtown Indianapolis, is set for Feb. 22-25 and will be aired on NFL Network exclusively. Over 300 draft hopefuls have been invited to participate in the annual draft evaluation event and are poised to descend upon the Circle City (I suggest all visitors get a sandwich at Shapiro’s Deli, a few blocks from the stadium). While in Indy, players will undergo various workouts, interviews and measurements as the event unfolds.
The Big Ten boasts 36 invitees in all. And the Badgers are sending the most former-players to the combine.
Well, the Badgers and the Ohio State Buckeyes that is. Both schools are sending six players.
Wisconsin is sending a few all time greats including; LB Chris Borland, RB James White, WR Jared Abbrederis, OT Ryan Groy, TE Jacob Pederson and S Dezmen Southward. These six players had remarkable success at Wisconsin and are tied as the best four-year class in school history in terms of total wins. Yet, they failed to win a bowl game. Hopefully that chip on their shoulders will motivate all six prospects to productive careers in the NFL. This is their last chance to raise their draft stock — hopefully they all bring it.
Here is a list of all Big Ten schools and their number of invitations:
Ohio State: 6
Michigan State: 4
Penn State: 3
Alabama leads all college football teams with 12 players that have been invited to the combine. Big surprise, right?