Six ND players invited to combine

Robert Blanton, Taylor Dever, Darius Fleming, Michael Floyd, Jonas Gray and Harrison Smith were all invited to the NFL scouting combine, held Feb. 22-28 in Indianapolis.

Here is the breakdown of Notre Dame’s 2011 opponents who will be at the combine:

USC: 7

Stanford: 6

Michigan State: 6

Florida State: 6

Wake Forest: 4

Pittsburgh: 4

Michigan: 3

South Florida: 1

Boston College: 1

Purdue: 1

Maryland: 1

Early reaction: I’m a little surprised Trevor Robinson and Gary Gray were not invited. Robinson improved a lot toward the end of his Notre Dame career and added plenty of strength. Gray, despite his well-documented struggles this season, has the tools necessary to impress scouts. I’m also hoping this means Jonas Gray’s rehab is going well so far, as the running back will be just three months removed from an ACL tear when the combine begins. Despite the limitations that he likely still has, here’s hoping he did enough to impress scouts during this past season and that some team takes a chance on him come April’s draft.