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Six Big 12 Players Who Were Snubbed From NFL Combine Invites

NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Oklahoma State

As the 2022 NFL Draft approaches, the time for players to make their impressions is getter shorter by the second.

After the all-star games, there is only one thing left between now and draft day which is the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

The Combine (March 1st-7th) is a place where over 300 NFL hopefuls test their skills in a series of drills. From running the 40 to hitting the bench press, players are evaluated in all kinds of different areas physically.

While the number of players seems like a lot, there are always some players who get left out. After the list of players invited to the combine came out, I felt like there were a few Big 12 players who shouldn’t have been left out.

 

Oklahoma State OL Josh Sills

Josh is one of many Oklahoma State players who should have been invited to the NFL Combine. He was a first-team All-Big 12 selection last season and over the last two years has been one of the best offensive linemen in the entire Big 12 Conference.

Oklahoma State WR Tay Martin

I was a little shocked to see Tay Martin, not on the list. He played in the Senior Bowl last Saturday and looked like one of the best receivers there as he had an outstanding week of practice over in Mobile, Alabama. Tay was a first-team All-Big 12 player in 2021 and was one of the best receivers in the Big 12. How he doesn’t get an invite to the combine is mind-boggling to me.

Oklahoma State LB Devin Harper

Some people may not be familiar with Devin Harper due to the fact that he played alongside one of the best linebackers in the country in Malcolm Rodriguez. However, Devin is a solid player who did nothing but have a nose for the football last year. I honestly believe he will be on an NFL roster next season.

 

Oklahoma State DB Tre Sterling

Another Oklahoma State player who seems to be forgotten is Tre Sterling. He was one of the best safeties in the Big 12 in 2020 and unfortunately got hit with the injury bug early in the season. When healthy, Tre is a good player, and it is a shame he won’t be in Indianapolis.

Texas Tech LB Colin Schooler

The man may not be the physical freak that the NFL loves but if there is one thing I know about Colin Schooler it is that he is a tackling machine. Whether it was at Arizona or Texas Tech, Colin always had a knack for finding the football. The Big 12 was loaded at linebacker this past season but Schooler took a backseat to some other players and if he was in another conference he may have been talked about more.

Kansas State DB Russ Yeast

While it is great to have Skylar Thompson in the combine, I was a little disappointed to see Russ Yeast left out. Russ played in the Shrine Bowl last week and was a first-team All-Big 12 player in 2021.

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