The National Football League announced their invitations to the 2019 Combine today, including seven Stanford football players in their list of 338 total prospects. The Combine, held in Indianapolis, Indiana, is a yearly event for NFL scouts to evaluate and interview potential draft prospects. The Stanford players invited cover a variety of offensive and defensive positions, including wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside, running back Bryce Love, offensive lineman Nate Herbig, tight end Kaden Smith, linebacker Bobby Okereke, cornerback Alijah Holder and punter Jake Bailey.
Inside linebacker Blake Martinez was selected by the Green Bay Packers with the 131st overall pick in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He is Stanford’s first inside linebacker draftee in over a decade after David Bergeron was last taken in the sixth round of the 2005 draft.
Tight end Austin Hooper was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft with the 81st overall pick, becoming the second Stanford player of the 2016 draft class to hear his name called. Hooper had been rated by NFL.com as Stanford’s second-best prospect behind Joshua Garnett, who was taken in the first round by the 49ers.
The NFL combine is a strange creature indeed. First, the very fact that it merits televising is a phenomenon in and of itself. It has all the spectacle of Olympic qualifiers and all of the excitement of having a reality TV show composed entirely of commentary over a bunch of cameras at a gym. The…
In this past weekend’s NFL Draft, many people were surprised when guard David Yankey dropped to the fifth round, but even more were stunned when inside linebacker Shayne Skov went undrafted and ultimately ended up signing as an undrafted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers. Why did Stanford’s players fall so low?
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Spring is truly an amazing time of year. The weather gets warmer, the hills of northern California get coated in lush green grass, people start their annual intake of allergy medications and class attendance drops as a function of both the weather and any rush-related events held the night before. However, all of these things pale in comparison to the biggest news that spring always ushers in with it: Football is back.
Just a few months ago, senior running back Tyler Gaffney was pummeling his way to earning hard-earned yards against some of the most physical defensive fronts in the Pac-12, earning a reputation as a hard-nosed, sturdy back. At the 2014 NFL Combine over the weekend, however, the two-sport star turned quite a few heads around the country when he showed an ability to be fast and mobile in addition to his established skillset as a power back.