UNT players passed over for combine — thoughts

North Texas linebacker Zach Orr (35) celebrates after the Mean Green recovered a punt fumbled by UNLV running back Keith Whitely (28) during the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year's Day. Orr was one of the notable players from UNT who did not receive an invitation to the NFL scouting combine. (Associated Press/Mike Stone)

Another year appears as if it will come and go without UNT having a player invited to the NFL scouting combine.

The official list came out this week that included 335 players and nary a sole from UNT.

No Zach Orr.

No Marcus Trice.

That does not mean that UNT’s draft drought will continue, but it certainly isn’t going to help matters.

For the record, UNT has not had a player picked since 2004, when Cody Spencer was taken in the sixth round by the Raiders.

That is nine years for those of you scoring at home.

There have been some other figures thrown out there because they fit the narrative people want to promote, but nine is real number.

Spencer had a pretty good career considering he was a late-round pick. He stuck for five years, posted 66 tackles and made some good money along the way. He’s a high school coach now.

If guys like Orr and Trice want to follow in Spencer’s footsteps, they will have to shine on UNT’s pro day that is coming up. There was a really good turnout when Lance Dunbar worked out following his senior season.

Dunbarended up signing with the Cowboys and looks like he is on his way to a good NFL career. Craig Robertson also made it in the league despite not being drafted and has 178 tackles in the last two years.

Orr appears to be UNT’s best bet to break through and be drafted. NFLdraftscout.com has Orr rated No. 52 on its list of the top inside linebackers available.

Orr isn’t the tallest or the fastest guy, but he should fall well within the reasonable range for an inside linebacker.

Trice is listed at No. 50 among free safeties and might have to make it in the NFL because of his abilities on special teams.

We will just have to see how things go, but it would do UNT a world of good to have a player drafted in the near future. Dan McCarney said when he took over at UNT that it is ridiculous that the school has gone as long as it has without having a player drafted.

Ending that drought without having anyone invited to the combine will be tough, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility.

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