Jacques McClendon was not invited to Indianapolis for the annual scouting combine. But on Saturday he got a much more important invitation to Indianapolis.
The Colts selected McClendon, a guard from Tennessee, in the fourth round of the draft, making him the highest-drafted player who wasn’t invited to the combine.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com notes that in addition to McClendon in the fourth round, five players not at the combine were taken in the fifth round, 11 were taken in the sixth round and 22 were taken in the seventh round.
Among the notables to be snubbed for combine invitations but still get drafted were Jonathan Crompton, a Tennessee quarterback taken by the Chargers in the fifth round; Fendi Onobun, a former college basketball player and tight end prospect taken by the Rams in the sixth round; and Tim Toone, a wide receiver from Weber State who became Mr. Irrelevant when the Lions took him with the final pick in the draft.