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WSU wide receiver Gabe Marks, safety Shalom Luani invited to NFL combine in Indy this month

A PAIR OF Washington State players have been invited to the NFL combine to be held in Indianapolis Feb. 28 - March 6.

Cougar wide receiver Gabe Marks and safety Shalom Luani will have a chance to boost their NFL draft stock in a major way.

The NFL combine brings together a select 330 NFL hopefuls each year in Indy for a series of personal interviews with NFL club officials, medical exams, and workouts that include the 40-yard dash, bench press plus various other drills, as well as a positional workout.

Marks (6-0, 190) is the most prolific wide receiver in the history of the Pac-12 with 316 receptions.  Marks also finished second in conference history with 37 touchdown catches and seventh with 3,453 receiving yards. An outside receiver at Washington State, he may play in the slot in the NFL depending on the team.

Luani (6-0, 205) in his two seasons at Washington State out of junior college was a force both in the secondary and in support of the run. He was third on the team in tackles in 2016 with 68 including 8 1/2 for loss. The year before, he racked up 90 tackles. Luani had eight interceptions in his two years, four each season. He played safety and nickel at Washington State and in the related story below, CF.C wondered aloud if his best position might be as a safety/linebacker hybrid, the so-called "moneybacker" role popularized by former WSU safety Deone Bucannon with the Arizona Cardinals.

The full list of 330 invitees was officially released Wednesday.

The combine runs from Feb. 28 - March 6 with the wide receivers scheduled to arrive on March 1 and work out on the field March 4. The defensive backs are scheduled to arrive March 3 with their on-field work and drills scheduled for the last day, on March 6.

Meanwhile, WSU's Pro Day is scheduled for March 9.

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