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NFL Draft invite list has interesting omissions

Florida Football Insiders



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The NFL unveiled their the list Tuesday of college prospect invites to attend their upcoming NFL Draft in Nashville beginning on April 25th. And while there are noteworthy names on the list, as is often the case, names that have been omitted also stood out, including from the state of Florida.

First, the league released the official invite list and it has 23 prospects that are believed to be either first round picks for Thursday night or will definitely go on night two, when the second and third round selections are held:

There are two state school representatives and not surprisingly, one is Florida massive offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor. As we have written previously, Taylor is projected to be a top-10 pick and may very well be the first offense of tackle taken this year in the draft. So his invitation is no surprise.

Joining him from the “sunshine state” is FSU defensive end Brian Burns. This is a loaded year for defensive lineman and while anything can happen, it’s not believe that Burns will be picked in the top 15 of the draft. Still, this indicates may go later in the first round or perhaps, early on night two?

It’s further interesting with respect to whom else was not invited. That’s because, it’s believed that two Florida defensive players could be at least late first-round or early second-round picks in Vosean Joseph and Jachai Polite (above). Yet neither one will be in Nashville at the end of the month. It’s almost an insult, especially to Polite, that you look at the numbers and accomplishments and the Seminole Burns is invited, but he is not.

However, along the same lines, it’s a very talent-rich and deep defensive line pool this year for teams and not everyone can get invitations. So, Miami All-ACC defensive tackle Gerald Willis who could go night one, was also snubbed by the league to attend.

It should be pointed out that of the 22 players that were invited Tuesday officially, six of them are defensive lineman. And, that list includes Houston’s Ed Oliver, Mississippi State Montez Wweat, and Ohio State Nick Bosa. All of those players could be pick in the top 10 once the selections commits.

Finally, Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Kyler Murray is also invited and so two are Duke quarterback Daniel Jones and Missouri quarterback Drew Lock. The NFL, however, did not invite Ohio State record-breaking quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

Does this indicate that the league knows that Haskins is not only going to not go in the first round, but perhaps, may slide on night too as well?

And, it should be pointed out that this list could change and players may be added to it or subtracted off of it.

And further, just because the players invited, it doesn’t mean if they will attend. That was the case with last year’s number one overall pick Baker Mayfield (also, like Murray, the Heisman winner from Oklahoma ) who chose to skip being at the draft in person. He instead watched from his Texas home, as the Cleveland Browns picked him number one.

And most famously, the first two picks of the 2015 draft: Jameis Winston by the Buccaneers, and Marcus Mariota by the Titans, both skipped being at the draft that year. Winston remained with his family in Alabama and Mariota with his in Hawaii.

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