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2014 NFL Draft: Combine list includes 85 underclassmen

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Predictably, a record 85 underclassmen will be among the 335 players invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis February 19-24, The Sports Xchange learned Wednesday.

Although players have been notified, the official list has not yet been announced formally, and there are often a few late changes right up until the week of the event.

Leading name on the list is Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews, the latest NFL prospect from the Matthews clan that includes his Hall of Fame father, Bruce. Jake is the top rated prospect this year by NFLDraftScout.com.

Headlining -- literally in terms of headlines -- the 85 underclassmen is Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, who played one more season in 2013 after a dazzling 2012 season in which he became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.

However, despite his dynamic college career, there is a debate on where and how he will fit into the NFL game, evidenced by the fact that NFLDraftScout.com has him rated as the No. 3 quarterback behind two other underclassmen -- Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater (1st QB, 3rd overall) and University of Central Florida's Blake Bortles (2nd QB, 5th overall). Manziel is listed seventh overall by NFLDraftScout.com

Although the 85 invited underclassmen is a record, so was the 98 underclassmen who were accepted into the draft, meaning 13 of them were not invited to the combine, or not yet anyway.

Perhaps most notable among them is Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith. NFLDraftScout.com currently rates him as the No. 11 quarterback and projects him as a fifth-round pick, he has gained increasing attention as a poor-man's Manziel, especially due to his dramatic, gun-slinging playing style. It is possible he may be added to the list.

Looking at the list by schools, Alabama has the most invitees with 12, followed by LSU at 11, then Norte Dame and Florida State at nine each, and Stanford with eight.

Here is a look at the list, by position (*denotes underclassman):

QUARTERBACKS

*Bortles, Blake, Central Florida

Boyd, Tajh, Clemson

Bridgewater, Theodore (Teddy), Louisville

Carr, Derek, Fresno State

Fales, David, San Jose State

Garoppolo, James (Jimmy), Eastern Illinois

Lynch, Jordan, Northern Illinois

*Manziel, Johnnyxas A & M

Mathews, Jeffrey (Jeff), Cornell

Mc Carron, Raymond (A.J.), Alabama

Mettenberger, Zachary (Zach), Louisiana State

Morris, Stephen, Miami

Murray, Aaron, Georgia

Renner, Bryn, North Carolina

Savage, Thomas (Tom), Pittsburgh

Shaw, Connor, South Carolina

Thomas, Logan, Virginia Tech

Vaughan, Dustin, West Texas A & M

Wenning, Keith, Ball State

RUNNING BACKS

Andrews, Antonio, Western Kentucky

Archer, Dri, Kent State

*Atkinson, George, Notre Dame

*Bibbs, Kapri, Colorado State

*Blue, Alfred, Louisiana State

*Carey, Ka'deem, Arizona

Copeland, Javoddron (J.C.), Louisiana State

Cornett, Timothy (Tim), Nevada - Las Vegas

*Crowell, Isaiah, Alabama State

Flanders, Timothy, Sam Houston State

Fluellen, David, Toledo

*Freeman, Devonta, Florida State

Gaffney, Tyler, Stanford

Grice, Marion, Arizona State

Hewitt, Ryan, Stanford

*Hill, Jeremy, Louisiana State

Hyde, Carlos, Ohio State

*Johnson, Westleigh (Storm), Central Florida

*Josey, Henry, Missouri

*Mason, Tre, Auburn

Mc Kinnon, Jerick, Georgia Southern

Millard, Trey, Oklahoma

*Muema, Adam, San Diego State

Perkins, Ladarius, Mississippi State

Redd, Silas, Southern California

*Sankey, Bishop, Washington

*Seastrunk, Lache, Baylor

Sims, Charles, West Virginia

*Smith, Jerome, Syracuse

Taliaferro, Lorenzo, Coastal Carolina

*Thomas, De'anthony, Oregon

*Westrrance, Towson

White, James, Wisconsin

*Wilder, James, Florida State

Williams, Andre, Boston College

Williams, Damien, Oklahoma

TIGHT ENDS

*Amaro, Jacexas Tech

Blanchflower, Robert (Rob), Massachusetts

Burton, Lawrence (Trey), Florida

Denham, Anthony (A.D.), Utah

Duncan, Joseph (Joe Don), Dixie

*Ebron, Eric, North Carolina

Fedorowicz, Colton (C.J.), Iowa

Gillmore, Crockett, Colorado State

*Grimble, Xavier, Southern California

*Jacobs, Nicholas (Nic), Mc Neese State

Jensen, Marcel, Fresno State

Jordan, Reginald (Reggie), Missouri Western State

*Leonard, A.C.nnessee State

*Lyerla, Colt, Oregon

Lynch, Arthur, Georgia

*Murphy, Jake, Utah

Najvar, Jordan, Baylor

*Niklas, Troy, Notre Dame

Pedersen, Jacob (Jake), Wisconsin

*Rodgers, Richard, California

*Seferian-Jenkins, Austin, Washington

Tialavea, Donald (D.J.), Utah State

WIDE RECEIVERS

Abbrederis, Jared, Wisconsin

*Adams, Davante, Fresno State

*Beckham, Odell, Louisiana State

*Benjamin, Kelvin, Florida State

*Boyd, Christopher, Vanderbilt

Brown, Corey (Philly), Ohio State

Brown, John, Pittsburg State

*Bryant, Martavis, Clemson

Burse, Isaiah, Fresno State

Campanaro, Michael, Wake Forest

*Coleman, Brandon, Rutgers

Colter, Theodis (Kain), Northwestern

*Cooks, Brandin, Oregon State

Copeland, Damian, Louisville

Davis, Michael (Mike) Texas Tech

*Ellington, Bruce, South Carolina

Enunwa, Onochie (Quincy), Nebraska

*Evans, Mikexas A & M

Evans, Shaquelle (Shaq), UCLA

Fowler, Bennie, Michigan State

*Franklin, Austin, New Mexico State

Gallon, Jeremy, Michigan

Grant, Ryan, Tulane

Hazel, Charles (Matt), Coastal Carolina

Herron, Robert, Wyoming

Hoffman, Cody, Brigham Young

Huff, Joshua (Josh), Oregon

Hurns, Allen, Miami

Janis, Jeffrey (Jeff), Saginaw Valley State

Jones, Tailer (T.J.), Notre Dame

*Landry, Jarvis, Louisiana State

*Latimer, Cody, Indiana

*Lee, Marqise, Southern California

Lucas, Marcus, Missouri

Matthews, Jordan, Vanderbilt

*Moncrief, Donte, Mississippi

Norwood, Kevin, Alabama

Powell, Walter (Walt), Murray State

Reesevin, Baylor

*Richardson, Paul, Colorado

*Robinson, Allen, Penn State

Saunders, Jalen, Oklahoma

*Snead, Willie, Ball State

*Stewart, Josh, Oklahoma State

Street, Devin, Pittsburgh

Washington, L'damian, Missouri

* Watkins, Sammy, Clemson

Wilson, Albert, Georgia State

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Armstrong, Matthew (Matt), Grand Valley State

Bitonio, Joel, Nevada

*Bodine, Russell, North Carolina

Boffell, Conor, Iowa

Britt, Justin, Missouri

Dozier, Dakota, Furman

Edwards, Kadeemnnessee State

Feiler, Matt, Bloomsburg

*Flemong, Cameron, Stanford

Fulton, Zachery (Zach)nnessee

Groy, Ryan, Wisconsin

Halapio, Jonathan (Jon), Florida

Harrison, Jonotthan, Florida

Henderson, Seantrel, Miami

Hurst, James, North Carolina

Ikard, Gabriel (Gabe), Oklahoma

Jackson, Gabriel, Mississippi State

James, Ja'wuannnessee

Johnson, Wesley, Vanderbilt

*Kouandijo, Cyrus, Alabama

Larsen, Tyler, Utah State

Leno, Charles, Boise State

Lewan, Taylor, Michigan

Linder, Brandon, Miami

Linsley, Corey, Ohio State

Long, Spencer, Nebraska

Lucas, Cornelius (Luke), Kansas State

*Martin, Marcus, Southern California

Martin, Zachary (Zack), Notre Dame

Matthews, Jacob (Jake)xas A & M

Mewhort, Jack, Ohio State

Moses, Morgan, Virginia

Paradis, Matthew (Matt), Boise State

Patchan, Matthew (Matt), Boston College

*Richardson, Antonionnessee

Richardson, Cyril, Baylor

Richburg, Weston, Colorado State

*Robinson, Greg, Auburn

Schofield, Michael, Michigan

Steen, Anthony, Alabama

Stone, Jamesnnessee

Stork, Bryan, Florida State

*Su'a-Filo, Xavier, UCLA

Swanson, Travis, Arkansas

Thomas, Brandon, Clemson

*Turner, Trai, Louisiana State

Turner, William (Billy), North Dakota State

Urschel, John, Penn State

Watt, Christopher (Chris), Notre Dame

*Yankey, David, Stanford

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Carrethers, Ryan, Arkansas State

Clarke, William, West Virginia

*Clowney, Jadeveon, South Carolina

*Crichton, Scott, Oregon State

*Ealy, Kony, Missouri

Edeball, Kasim, Boston College

Enemkpall, Kemefuna (I.K.), Louisiana Tech

Ford, Donald (Dee), Auburn

Gayle, Jacon (James), Virginia Tech

Hart, Taylor, Oregon

Jeffcoat, Jacksonxas

*Jernigan, Timmy, Florida State

Jones, Howard, Shepherd

Kerr, Zachariah (Zach), Delaware

*Lawrence, Demarcus, Boise State

*Lynch, Aaron, South Florida

Manumaleuna, Eathyn, Brigham Young

Marsh, Cassius, UCLA

Martin, Kareem, North Carolina

Mauro, Joshua (Josh), Stanford

Mimsvin, South Florida

Moore, Zachary (Zach), Concordia

Newsome, Jonathan, Ball State

*Nix, Louis, Notre Dame

*Pagan, Jeoffrey, Alabama

Ramsey, Kaleb, Boston College

Sam, Michael, Missouri

Smith, Chris, Arkansas

Smith, Marcus, Louisville

Stinson, Edward (Ed), Alabama

*Tuitt, Stephon, Notre Dame

*Uko, George, Southern California

Webster, Larry, Bloomsburg

Westbrooks, Ethan, West Texas A & M

DEFENSIVE TACKLES

Bromley, Jason (Jay), Syracuse

Coleman, Deandre, California

Donald, Aaron, Pittsburgh

Easley, Dominique, Florida

Ellis, Justin, Louisiana Tech

*Ferguson, Ego, Louisiana State

Hageman, Ra'shede, Minnesota

Hyder, Kerryxas Tech

*Johnson, Anthony, Louisiana State

Jones, Daquan, Penn State

Mc Cullers, Daniel (Dan)nnessee

Palepoinny, Utah

Pennel, Michael (Mike), Colorado State - Pueblo

*Quarles, Kelcy, South Carolina

Reid, Caralin, Princeton

Stephen, Shamar, Connecticut

Sutton, William (Will), Arizona State

Thomas, Robert, Arkansas

Thornton, Khyri, Southern Mississippi

Urban, Brent, Virginia

Whaley, Christopher (Chris)xas

Wynn, Kerry, Richmond

LINEBACKERS

Attaochu, Jeremiah (Jerry), Georgia Tech

Barr, Anthony, UCLA

Barrow, Lamin, Louisiana State

Borland, Christopher (Chris), Wisconsin

Bradford, Carl, Arizona State

Brown, Jonathan, Illinois

Brown, Michael (Preston), Louisville

Bullough, Max, Michigan State

*Fortt, Khairi, California

George, Jeremiah, Iowa State

Hitchens, Anthony, Iowa

Hubbard, Adrian, Alabama

Jackson, Andrew (Drew), Western Kentucky

Jones, Christian, Florida State

Kennard, Devon, Southern California

Kirksey, Christian (Chris), Iowa

Lokombo, Boseko, Oregon

Mack, Khalil, Buffalo

Morris, James, Iowa

Mosley, Clinton (C.J.), Alabama

Murphy, Trenton (Trent), Stanford

Pierre-Louis, Kevin, Boston College

*Powell, Ronald, Florida

Reilly, Trevor, Utah

*Shazier, Ryan, Ohio State

Shembo, Prince, Notre Dame

Skov, Shayne, Stanford

*Smallwood, Yawin, Connecticut

Smithlvin, Florida State

Starr, Tyler, South Dakota

Tripp, Jordan (Jordie), Montana

Unga, Devin (Uani'), Brigham Young

Van Noy, Kyle, Brigham Young

Williamson, Avery, Kentucky

Zumwalt, Jordan, UCLA

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Alexander, Maurice (Mo), Utah State

Allen, Ricardo, Purdue

Bailey, Dion, Southern California

Belue, Deion, Alabama

Benwikere, Bene', San Jose State

Berhe, Natneal (Nat), San Diego State

Boston, Jayestin (Tre), North Carolina

*Breeland, Bashaud, Clemson

Brooksrrence, Florida State

Bucannon, Deone, Washington State

Carrie, Travis (T.J.), Ohio

*Clinton-Dix, Ha'sean (Ha Ha), Alabama

Cockrell, Ross, Duke

Colvin, Aaron, Oklahoma

Davis, Christopher (Chris), Auburn

Dennard, Darqueze, Michigan State

Desir, Pierre, Lindenwood

Dixon, Ahmad (A.D.), Baylor

Dixon, Brandon, Northwest Missouri State

*Dowling, Jonathan, Western Kentucky

Exum, Antone, Virginia Tech

Fuller, Kyle, Virginia Tech

Gaines, Edwin (E.J.), Missouri

Gaines, Phillip, Rice

Gilbert, Justin, Oklahoma State

Goodson, Demetri (Meech), Baylor

Hal, Andre (Dre), Vanderbilt

*Hampton, Victor, South Carolina

Huff, Marqueston, Wyoming

Jackson, Bennett, Notre Dame

James, Kendall, Maine

Jean-Baptiste, Stanley (Stan), Nebraska

Johnson, Dontae, North Carolina State

Joyner, Lamarcus, Florida State

Ladler, Kenneth (Kenny), Vanderbilt

Lawson, Nevin (Nevo), Utah State

Lewis, Isaiah, Michigan State

Loston, Craig, Louisiana State

Mc Dougle, Dexter (Dex), Maryland

Mc Gill, Keith, Utah

*Mitchellrrance, Oregon

Price, Jabari, North Carolina

*Pryor, Calvin, Louisville

*Purifoy, Loucheiz, Florida

Reaser, Keith, Florida Atlantic

*Reynolds, Ed, Stanford

Reynolds, Rashaad, Oregon State

*Roberson, Marcus, Florida

*Roby, Bradley, Ohio State

Sorensen, Daniel, Brigham Young

Southward, Dezmen (Dez), Wisconsin

*Sunseri, Vinnie, Alabama

Thomas, Jemea, Georgia Tech

Vereen, Brock, Minnesota

Verrett, Jasonxas Christian

Ward, Jimmie, Northern Illinois

Washington, Todd, Southeastern Louisiana

Watkins, Jaylen, Florida

Westbrooks, Lavelle, Georgia Southern

LONG SNAPPER

Heit, Marcus, Kansas State

PUNTERS

Clark, Steven, Auburn

Hocker, Zachary (Zach), Arkansas

Hornsey, Thomas (Tom), Memphis

Leone, Richard (Richie), Houston

Mandell, Cody, Alabama

O'Donnell, Patrick (Pat), Miami

KICKERS

Boswell, Christopher (Chris), Rice

Fera, Anthonyxas

Santos, Cairo, Tulane

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