6 Mountaineers invited to NFL Combine
Published: Thursday, February 3, 2011
Updated: Thursday, February 3, 2011 21:02
Six former West Virginia football players have been invited to the 2011 NFL Combine.
Running back Noel Devine, cornerback Brandon Hogan, nose tackle Chris Neild, receiver Jock Sanders, safety Robert Sands and linebacker J.T. Thomas will make the trip to Indianapolis Feb. 23 through March 1 to train for NFL scouts in an attempt to be drafted this year.
Sands is likely the first player for the Mountaineers to go in the draft. He is the No. 8 safety, according to draftcountdown.com. Devine is also the eighth-best running back.
Devine, Sanders and Neild competed last weekend in the Senior Bowl. Devine scored a touchdown for the South squad. He finished with seven carries and 8 yards. He also caught a screen pass for 12 yards.
Sanders had one catch for 7 yards, but also dropped a pass.
Neild had two tackles despite playing in a four-down front defense, which doesn't necessarily suit the nose tackle.
Other Mountaineer players looking to make the pros will work out for NFL scouts at the team's pro day later in the year.