Former BYU RB Jamaal Williams and LB/DE Harvey Langi have received invites to participate in the NFL combine. The NFL released its official list earlier this morning. The combine will run from Feb. 28-March 6 in Indianapolis, and can be watched on NFL Network.
The combine invite was expected for Williams, but wasn’t set in stone for Langi. After stellar showings in the Poinsettia Bowl and Senior Bowl, buzz has surrounded Langi with the versatility that he provides as either a linebacker or defensive end. A combine invite is a good first step for Langi’s draft hopes, and a good showing there would give him an opportunity to be drafted in later rounds.
One funny thing to see on Harvey Langi’s NFL draft page was the title “Elder” being placed at the front of his name:
BYU LB Harvey Langi's NFL Draft Profile Page has him listed as...Elder Harvey Langi? pic.twitter.com/73kyPwSJoy— Matt Brown (@MattSBN) February 15, 2017
Jamaal Williams’ draft stock has been all over the place since the college season ended. Some scouts have projected him as high as the second round, while others see him going closer to the fifth round. Some scouts have given his top-end speed as a concern; consequently, his 40 time will be one of the most important things for him a couple weeks.
Having players invited to the NFL combine is good for BYU, and having players drafted and succeed at the next level is even better. High-caliber recruits will be more likely to sign with BYU as the Cougars place more players in the NFL.
The 2017 NFL Draft begins April 27.