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Keenan Reynolds, Jake Coker don’t get combine invites

ANNAPOLIS, MD - DECEMBER 28:  Keenan Reynolds #19 of the Navy Midshipmen rushes the ball against the Pittsburgh Panthers in the third quarter of their 44-28 win during the Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on December 28, 2015 in Annapolis, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Getty Images

The NFL will hold its annual Scouting Combine in Indianapolis later this month and the league released the list of 332 players that have been invited.

Ohio State leads the way with 14 invites and Notre Dame was second with 10 players asked to go through drills for NFL scouts. Alabama had nine players invited from their national championship squad, although quarterback Jake Coker was not one of them.

Coker has good size at 6’6″ and 236 pounds, but evaluators would seem to feel that his limited experience as a starter and reliance on a talented supporting cast didn’t make him a candidate for a longer look in Indy. Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds didn’t have the same kind of talent on hand on his way to scoring an NCAA-record 88 rushing touchdowns, but he also didn’t get an invite to show whether his skills might translate to another position at the professional level.

Missing the combine doesn’t close the door on an NFL career. Doug Baldwin, Julian Edelman, Sam Shields and James Harrison are a few players who have gone on to success in the pros without running drills in Indianapolis.

Click here for the full list of players invited to take part from February 23-29.

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16 Responses to “Keenan Reynolds, Jake Coker don’t get combine invites”
  1. hanspard says: Feb 11, 2016 3:00 PM

    It would be nice to see a service academy guy make it big. Heck, it would be nice to see a 5 star recruit pick a service academy. I know you don’t get strippers and a car, but it’s still a pretty neat place to play.

  2. bassplucker says: Feb 11, 2016 3:02 PM

    Doesn’t Robinson owe his next few years to the Navy? No sense having him at the combine if that’s the case. Coker I don’t get though.

  3. annapterp says: Feb 11, 2016 3:11 PM

    First, top flight STUDENT-ATHLETE Keenan Reynolds doesn’t even get an invite to the Heisman ceremony in New York, and now no invite to the NFL combine after setting records at Navy.

    I know these 2 things are not related but who are the morons that make these decisions??!! A young man like this should be CELEBRATED by everyone involved.

  4. spiffybiff says: Feb 11, 2016 3:20 PM

    Given cokers size and decent athletic ability I would be shocked at all to see him go 6th,7th round

  5. onermedboxer says: Feb 11, 2016 3:22 PM

    It seems that a lot of GMs and scouts have their opinions and draft boards made up before the combine.

    I think the NFL Combine has gotten overblown because the League feels a need to be relevant in Feb/March. I’m not exactly complaining either

  6. anarchopurplism says: Feb 11, 2016 3:29 PM

    hanspard says:
    Feb 11, 2016 3:00 PM
    It would be nice to see a service academy guy make it big. Heck, it would be nice to see a 5 star recruit pick a service academy. I know you don’t get strippers and a car, but it’s still a pretty neat place to play.
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    Would the military allow a 5-star recruit to play a pro career prior to fulfilling military obligations? Or, perhaps allow them to fulfill a portion during the off-season?

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 11, 2016 3:32 PM

    per Rotoworld:

    “Wisconsin S Michael Caputo intercepted two passes in Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game…

    He’ll be a likely mid-round selection in the draft due to his (per NFL Media analyst Chad Reuter) ‘good size and toughness.’ He’ll still [b]have to perform well at the combine[/b], but is off to a nice start with the draft process.”

  8. ctiggs says: Feb 11, 2016 3:37 PM

    No body wants a Alabama QB or a running back from Wisconsin anymore. Hope the Navy guy makes it after a few years away.

  9. FinFan68 says: Feb 11, 2016 3:40 PM

    Reynolds has a ton of athleticism and a nose for the end zone but he lacks size and experience in throwing the ball. He may not be an ideal candidate for QB but he could be capable as a slot WR, change of pace RB or even a return guy. He could be an Eric Metcalf, Darren Sproles kinda guy. Not getting an invite makes no sense for a guy who set a bunch of records at Navy and had a shot at the Heisman.

  10. mackcarrington says: Feb 11, 2016 3:54 PM

    Would the military allow a 5-star recruit to play a pro career prior to fulfilling military obligations? Or, perhaps allow them to fulfill a portion during the off-season?
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    Perhaps you are too young to remember when the Navy allowed Napoleon McCallum to play for the LA Raiders while fulfilling his obligations by serving on a ship at the same time.

  11. granadafan says: Feb 11, 2016 4:05 PM

    “No body wants a Alabama QB or a running back from Wisconsin anymore.”
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    You can add USC quarterbacks to that list

  12. briang123 says: Feb 11, 2016 4:28 PM

    I hope Keenan Reynolds finds a place in the NFL and thrives. I would enjoy rooting for such a fine young man if he played for the Eagles.

  13. ipskipskyblue says: Feb 11, 2016 4:35 PM

    I would draft Robinson just to show the other clowns on the team that this is how you become a role model, this is how you become a productive member of society.

  14. akaodoyle says: Feb 11, 2016 4:50 PM

    When NFL teams start running the wishbone, then maybe Reynolds has a shot. As long as it is pro football, he doesn’t belong.

  15. tralfaz1127 says: Feb 12, 2016 4:27 AM

    Guy scores 88 TD’s deserves a look. You gotta be kidding me, he’s not an NFL QB but that many QB’s he can do something.

  16. routerunner says: Feb 17, 2016 8:53 AM

    I think we’d all like to see Reynolds do well, but he’s an option QB who will have to split time between military duties and football duties. The NFL expects its QBs to treat it as a 24/7/365 deal.

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