O-D Alumni Dominate in 2017 NFL Scouting Combine
Posted on 2017-03-07
Congratulations to all Offense-Defense Football Camp and All-American Bowl Alumni who participated in the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine! We had over 20 athletes in attendance representing the O-D family this year - let's take a look at some of the highlights!
All combine stats and descriptions republished from NFL.com.
- DAVID NJOKU
- Top Performer: Vertical Jump, Broad Jump, 3 Cone Drill
- NFL teams looking for an athletic tight end should book their tickets for Coral Gables just about every year. Njoku (pronounced nJOE-koo) is the next highly-rated end to enter the NFL, following Jeremy Shockey, Greg Olsen, Jimmy Graham, Kevin Everett, and Kellen Winslow II. The former high school receiver and national boys high jump champion only started nine games in his two years on the field with the Hurricanes, but was a regular option in the passing game. He caught 21 passes for 362 yards and a touchdown as a redshirt sophomore, leading the team by averaging 17.2 yards per reception. In 2016, Njoku didn't win all-conference honors because the ACC was stacked at the position, but he was a major threat in the red zone (43-698, eight TDs).
- CORDREA TANKERSLEY
- Top Performer: 40 Yard Dash
- Cordrea (pronounced cohr-DRAY) got his nickname "Tootie" from his older brother Codarius, who repeated the word several times after seeing his young sibling for the first time. The name stuck from there, in the same manner that Tankersley sticks to receivers in coverage. He struggled to find time in the secondary in his first two seasons, primarily playing on special teams (13 tackles in 2013; 11 tackles in 2014) as the Tigers' veteran defensive backs ruled the depth chart. Once his opportunity arose, Tankersley took full advantage, garnering third-team All-ACC notice after leading Clemson with five interceptions (one returned for a score) and nine pass breakups. He was a first-team all-conference pick and third-team Associated Press All-American for his efforts in the Tigers' national championship season of 2016, intercepting four more passes and breaking up a team-high 11 throws.
- STANLEY WILLIAMS
- Top Performer: 3 Cone Drill, 20 Yard Shuttle
- Williams could have gone to several SEC schools as a four-star recruit but chose Kentucky to make a name for himself. With a nickname like "Boom," that's not too difficult, even on a team that has limited success. Williams led the Wildcats in rushing each of his three seasons on campus, starting with a true freshman season in which he only started one game (486 yards, one TD rushing; 17-162, one TD receiving). In 2015, he set a school record with 7.1 yards per carry, converting 121 chances to 855 yards and six scores. He had a rough offseason before his final season in Lexington, losing his younger sister and going through elbow surgery. Nonetheless, Boom had his best season in 2016, running for 1,170 yards on just 171 carries and scoring seven times.
- DEREK BARNETT
- Top Performer: 3 Cone Drill
- The defensive line talent seen in the Southeastern Conference makes it difficult to make an all-conference squad. Barnett made the honor roll three times in three years. The Nashville native was the first freshman ever to start on the line for Tennessee in 2014, making 20.5 tackles for loss (which led the SEC) and 10 sacks on the year. Barnett led the Vols with 10 more sacks in 2015, earning a spot on the Associated Press All-Bowl Team with eight tackles and a sack versus Northwestern in the Outback Bowl. In his junior year, Barnett was a first-team All-SEC pick and first-team All-American by multiple outlets with 18 tackles for loss and 12 sacks (which ranked sixth in the FBS).
- PHARAOH BROWN
- Top Performer: Bench Press
- Brown has reportedly had multiple off-field issues since arriving in Eugene, including two fights with teammates and a domestic violence incident that did not result in charges because the authorities determined that his girlfriend was the instigator. Brown also nearly had his leg amputated after a horrific leg injury against Utah in November 2014, though after multiple surgeries he managed to get back on the field for the Ducks in 2016, earning first-team All-Pac-12 honors (33-426, five TD in nine games). Before the injury in his junior year, Brown was a first-team all-conference pick with 25 catches for 420 yards and six scores. The football and basketball star from Ohio played in 12 games as a freshman in 2012, catching two passes for 42 yards. Brown started five times as a sophomore (10-123, two TD), although he had a leg injury in August that kept him out of the season's first three games.
- JAMAL CARTER
- Top Performer: Bench Press
- Being one of the top safety recruits in the country out of Miami's Southridge High School, it was natural for him to sign with the Hurricanes. Depth in the secondary caused him to be a bit player in his first two years (six tackles in 2013; two starts, 26 tackles, five pass breakups as a sophomore). Carter only started once in 2015, as well, but he played regularly enough for scouts to see his athleticism and physicality (49 tackles, INT, two PBU). In 2016, he was the full-time starter, leading Miami with 85 tackles on the year (also three pass breakups).
- BUCKY HODGES
- Top Performer: 40 Yard Dash, Vertical Jump, Broad Jump, 60 Yard Shuttle
- Temuchin "Bucky" Hodges is not your typical tight end. At 6-7, 245 pounds, he looks like a big wide receiver. A converted quarterback, Hodges started 10 games and earned USA Today Freshman All-American honors in 2014 (45-526, seven TDs). He was named a second-team All-ACC pick in 2015 (40-530, six TDs) and a third-team selection (48-691, seven TDs) in 2016.
|Bowl||Athlete / Alumnus||Pos.||College|
|2013||Bolden Jr., Victor||WR||Oregon St|
|2013||Hodges, Temuchin||QB||Virginia Tech|
|2013||Jones, Nazair||DE||N. Carolina|
|2012||Leamon, Javarius||OT||S. Carolina State|
|2012||Marks, Gabriel||CB/WR||Washington St|
|2013||Rochell, Isaac||DE||Notre Dame|
|2013||Taylor, Vincent||DT||Oklahoma St|