The NFL has released its list of players they wish to evaluate at the 2019 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana, and 10 of those lucky individuals will come from six different schools in Conference USA.
Azeez Al-Shaair, LB, Florida Atlantic
FAU’s former team captain and unquestioned leader, will have an opportunity to impress scouts and build on what was an impressive college career before suffering a season-ending knee in October. Al-Shaair appeared on the C-USA All-Freshman team and was a first-team all-conference selection in 2017.
Tyre Brady, WR, Marshall
Brady was one of the best receivers in C-USA during his time in Marshall. Brady recorded 133 catches for 1,944 yards with 17 touchdowns in two seasons and his size should guarantee that he’ll hear his name called in the draft. A great showing could make him an early round pick.
Nate Davis, OL, Charlotte
Davis’ versatility should pay huge dividends at the next level as he has played guard and tackle. Davis was received an honorable mention in 2016 as a guard and made second-team all-conference in 2017 as a tackle.
Jovon Durante, WR, Florida Atlantic
Durante received honorable mention honors with 65 catches for 873 yards and five touchdowns. Durante’s numbers could have been better if not for inconsistency at QB and some minor issues with drops. The former star recruit left college early and was unable to participate in the Senior Bowl so this will be a huge opportunity to impress scouts.
Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech
Ferguson is the best prospect out of C-USA entering this year’s draft. Ferguson holds the FBS record for career sacks with 45. He has been compared to former UTSA DE Marcus Davenport. Davenport was selected in the first round last year. A great showing from Ferguson could very well make it two years in a row that the conference has a player taken in the first round.
Jack Fox, P, Rice
Fox was one of the best punters in the country over the last few years. He was a kicker at Rice too, but projects as a punter at the next level.
Travis Fulgham, WR, Old Dominion
The former walk-on will have a chance to continue his underdog story at the next level. Fulgham is a big target but scouts will be more on the lookout for his speed. Fulgham made the second-team All-Conference USA in 2018 and and lead the conference with 1,083 receiving yards.
Malik Gant, S, Marshall
Gant was one of the best hard hitting DBs in the conference. He recorded 100 tackles in 2017 and 95 tackles in 2018. At Marshall he was an all-conference performer and is hoping to turn some heads and prove he can be a cover guy too.
Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic
The most decorated player in C-USA has a chance to be the highest draft pick in FAU history. Singletary will be considered undersized at the next level, but his ability to improvise as a runner and avoid being tackled by the first guy will be coveted. Displaying good hands and proving he can be a three-down back will be key at the combine if he is to move into being an early round pick.
Oshane Ximines, DE, Old Dominion
Ximines would have been the most disruptive DE in the conference if not for Ferguson. Ximines finished his career with an ODU record 33 sacks and will be regarded as a pass-rush specialist at the next level. Showing that he can take on run blockers and being more versatile as a 3-4 drop end who can potentially cover TEs will be pivotal.