Conference USA NFL scouting combine invites
|Trey Hendrickson||Defensive end||Florida Atlantic|
|Jonnu Smith||Tight end||Florida International|
|Carlos Henderson||Wide receiver||Louisiana Tech|
|Trent Taylor||Wide receiver||Louisiana Tech|
|Xavier Woods||Safety||Louisiana Tech|
|Larry Ogunjobi||Defensive tackle||Charlotte|
|Zach Pascal||Wide receiver||Old Dominion|
|Aaron Jones||Running back||UTEP|
|Hayden Plinke||Tight end||UTEP|
|Forrest Lamp||Offensive lineman||Western Kentucky|
|Taywan Taylor||Wide receiver||Western Kentucky|
The NFL scouting combine invitations are out.
The chart at the top of this post is a list of Conference USA players who were selected.
Unfortunately, North Texas was passed over again this year. I am almost sure that Cody Spencer was the last player UNT had invited back after the 2003 season.
Spencer was also the last player UNT had selected. The Raiders took him in the sixth round in 2004.
Spencer went on to have a nice NFL career.
Just because a player is not invited to the combine does not mean that they will not be drafted, but it certainly doesn’t help. Patrick Cobbs, Zach Orr and Craig Robertson all went on to have good NFL careers after starting out as undrafted free agents.
UNT does not have many highly regarded prospects this year. The fact UNT won five games and made a bowl without having a senior worthy of a combine invite makes what Seth Littrell did in his first year with the program all the more remarkable.
Louisiana Tech had three players selected to lead C-USA. The Bulldogs have had seven players drafted since 2013 and had a first-round pick last year in Vernon Butler. They have also won bowl games in each of the last three years.
There is usually a correlation between top NFL prospects and team success.
Western Kentucky might have the top overall prospect from C-USA this year in offensive lineman Forrest Lamp.
UNT will break through eventually. Kishawn McClain may have a shot next year.
And in a side note, it sounds like UNT is getting close to filling one of its two remaining openings for an assistant coach.