Dahl yes, but no Destiny at NFL Combine

THE NFL has officially released their combine participants and as reported earlier, Washington State offensive lineman Joe Dahl is on the list. But defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao, who had a strong week at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, won’t be heading to the NFL draft’s showcase event.

Vaeao's huge fourth quarter showing at the NFLPA Bowl saw him grade out higher than anyone on the North team (according to Pro Football Focus). But it wasn't enough to secure a trip to Indianapolis.

Twenty-six defensive tackles and four nose tackles will participate in the combine. One DT and one NT from the Pac-12 made the list, (Antwaun Woods, USC; Kenny Clark, UCLA).   The Big Ten had the most DT/NT combine invites, with 10, followed by the SEC and ACC (6 each).

A total of 49 players from the Pac-12 are on the list, with UCLA accounting for a conference-leading nine. The combine will be held Feb. 23-29, with 332 players listed as participating.

Dahl had a strong week and game performance at the Senior Bowl, and caught the eye of former Indianapolis Colts President Bill Polian, now an analyst for ESPN.

“I thought Joe Dahl from Washington State handled everything that anybody threw at him,” Polian said. “He’s got big balance, big punch, he’s technically really sound and has really good movement."

Washington State wide receiver Dom Williams, the third Cougar senior who played in a postseason all-star game (in the NFLPA bowl with Vaeao) did not receive an invite to the combine.

“Washington State defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao (+3.1) was Team National’s highest-graded player,” PFF said after Vaeao's performance in the NFLPA bowl. “He had one stop in the run game but more importantly had one of the biggest plays of the game with the rare sack/forced fumble/fumble recovery triple-play.

Vaeao was named second-team All-Pac-12 after starting all 13 games this past season. He posted 41 tackles, 12 tackles-for-loss and 4 1-2 sacks, forced one fumble, recovered one and blocked a kick. Vaeao started 35 games over his four-year WSU career.

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