LB Williams leads combine snubs

Updated: February 15, 2013, 12:17 PM ET
By Todd McShay

The official list of NFL combine invitees has been released, and the 333 prospects who make up the group now have a chance to showcase their skills in Indianapolis in front of anyone who matters in scouting/coaching/front-office circles.

The selection committee for the combine is made up of the directors of both the National and BLESTO scouting services, which include representatives from 25 NFL teams. Those directors formulate their list based on the grades NFL scouts give to players, but being left out of the combine doesn't necessarily mean a player has no future at the next level.

Approximately 10 percent of the players drafted every year are not invited to the combine. Current NFL standouts like Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo, New England Patriots WR Wes Welker, Pittsburgh Steelers OLB James Harrison, Patriots OT Sebastian Vollmer and Houston Texans RB Arian Foster were all snubbed by the combine committee, and things have turned out pretty well for them.

In 2012, Miami (Ohio) G Brandon Brooks was our highest-rated player not invited to Indy, and he ended up being drafted in the third round by the Texans. That should give some hope to the players listed below, who are the highest-graded 2013 prospects to be passed over.