The NFL has released its complete list of invitees to the upcoming 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium from February 23-29. Oklahoma State players garnered three invitations as defensive ends Jimmy Bean and All-American Emmanuel Ogbah both received invites. All-Big 12 cornerback Kevin Peterson, who had to leave the Senior Bowl early because of an ankle injury, is also heading to Indy.
Ogbah is a no brainer and many draft experts believe a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Ogbah earned All-American honors and the 6-4, 275-pound defensive end finished the season including the Sugar Bowl with 64 tackles, 45 unassisted, 17.5 tackles for loss, and a Big 12-leading 13 sacks. He also forced three fumbles, recovered two of those fumbles, and broke up or deflected four passes. In his three-year career, Ogbah had 133 tackles, 97 unassisted, 40 tackles for loss, and 28 sacks.
The NFL teams will love his production but even more they will love his attitude and work ethic, and that he is absolutely a model citizen off the field.
Bean will strike the NFL scouts and administrators and coaches the same way. Bean, who is 6-5, 255 pounds, tore his ACL in the win at Texas Tech and missed the last five games of the season. He still had 25 tackles, 20 unassisted, 20.5 tackles for loss (yes, virtually all of his tackles were behind the line of scrimmage) and 5.5 sacks.
Over his four-year playing career, Bean had 103 tackles, 75 unassisted, 36 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles. Bean is another supreme attitude player. His rapid recovery from ACL surgery will impress at the Combine as he is likely good to go for some of the testing.
Peterson has struggled late in the season and at the Senior Bowl with an ankle injury. He finished this season with 42 tackles and 36 of those unassisted. He also had a pick and a fumble recovery. In his career he was targeted less than any Cowboy corner because of his ability and reputation of being a superior cover player. He finished his career with 145 tackles, 125 unassisted, 5ive interceptions and 23 passes broken up. The 5-11, 190-pound Peterson at his best plays physical but also has excellent speed.
Here are some of the other top players from the Big 12 invited to the Combine:
Dominique Alexander, LB, OU
Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
Devonte Bond, OLB, OU
Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU
Le'Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech
Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
K.J. Dillon, S, West Virginia
Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor
Glenn Gronkowski, FB, Kansas State
Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor
Branden Jackson, DE, Texas Tech
Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
Nila Kasitati, OG, OU
Derrick Kindred, FS, TCU
Nick Kwiatkowski, LB, West Virginia
Jimmy Landes, DS, Baylor
Kolby Listenbee, WR, TCU
Nick O'Toole, P, West Virginia
Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor
Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas
Zack Sanchez, CB, OU
Sterling Shepard, WR, OU
Wendell Smallwood, RB, West Virginia
Eric Striker, LB, OU
Charles Tapper, DE, OU
Halapoulivaati Vaitai, OT, TCU
DeAndre Washington, RB, Texas Tech
Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State
Daryl Worley, CB, West Virginia
NFL Scouting Combine Invitees by Big 12 School
OU - 7
West Virginia, Baylor - 6
TCU - 5
Oklahoma State, Texas Tech - 3
Kansas State - 2
Texas - 1
Iowa State, Kansas - 0