Rookie lineman among select few

What do Josh Sitton and Aaron Kampman have in common?'s Ed Thompson provides the answer.

In 2008, if you weren't among the group of players who had been invited to the NFL Combine, you didn't get drafted in the first three rounds. It wasn't until the fourth round that a few teams started dipping into the talent pool of players who hadn't gone through the workouts and exams in Indianapolis two months earlier.

The Tennessee Titans broke the ice with the selection of DE William Hayes out of Winston-Salem. Then the Buffalo Bills picked up Akron cornerback Reggie Corner. And with the final pick of the round (135th overall), the Green Bay Packers grabbed offensive lineman Josh Sitton out of the University of Central Florida. Sitton is expected to compete for a backup position at either guard or tackle on the team's offensive line this season.

Sitton, along with Hayes and Corner are among 35 players out of the 252 drafted who were not invited to the combine.

Getting snubbed by the NFL combine happens to the best of players. Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Aaron Kampman, selected in the fifth round (156th overall) of the 2002 NFL draft by the Packers, also was not invited to the NFL combine.

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Ed Thompson's player interviews and NFL features are published across the network and at

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