NFL Draft

Do you need to be invited to the Combine to be drafted? Hell No!

Jonathan Woodard the current Buffalo Bill defensive lineman was just one player of the many who was not invited to the Combine or a top three All-Star game to get drafted!

Our friends over at Hero Sports, put together a list of small school players who were not sent a Combine invite that were drafted. There were players drafted all the way up in the second round. So if you were not given a Combine Invite don’t fret, it is going to be okay! Remember only 14 small schoolers received an invite this year that is down from 18 last year.


Walt Aikens​Liberty*CB4thMiami
Terrence Fede​MaristDE7thMiami
Shelby HarrisIllinois St.DE7thOakland
Demetrius RhaneyTenn. St.C7thSt. Louis

*Liberty was an FCS school in 2014.


Rodney GunterDelaware St.DT4thArizona
Tray WalkerTexas SouthernCB4thBaltimore
James O’ShaughnessyIllinois St.TE5thKansas City
Neal SterlingMonmouthWR7thJacksonville


Seth DeValvePrincetonTE4thCleveland
Tyrone HolmesMontanaOLB6thJacksonville
Kamu Grugier-HillE. IllinoisLB6thNew England
Jonathan WoodardC. ArkansasDE7thJacksonville
Trevor BatesMaineLB7thIndianapolis


Chad WilliamsGramblingWR3rdArizona
Samson EbukamEWUDE4thLos Angeles
Jamal AgnewSan DiegoCB5thDetroit
Jylan WareAlabama St.OT7thOakland
Brad SeatonVillanovaOT7thTennessee


P. J. HallSHSUDT2ndOakland
Justin WatsonPennWR5thTampa Bay
Daurice FountainN. IowaWR5thIndianapolis
Tremon SmithC. ArkansasCB6thKansas City
Foye OluokunYaleLB6thAtlanta
Keion CrossenW. CarolinaCB7thNew England
Kendall DonnersonSEMOOLB7thGreen Bay


Quincy WilliamsMurray StateSS3rdJacksonville
Drew ForbesSEMOOG6thCleveland
Jimmy MorelandJMUCB7thWashington
Quinton BellPV A&MOLB7thOakland
Kaden EllissIdahoOLB7thNew Orleans

**There are 32 actually, EJ Speed was drafted in the the 5th round in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Tarleton State. **

**Stephen Denmark was drafted by Valdosta State in the 7th round as well **

Damond Talbot

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at

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