The official invite list to the 2013 NFL Combine has been released and two Duke players, QB Sean Renfree and WR Conner Vernon, made the cut.
Renfree will not be taking part in the typical Combine process as he is still suffering from a torn right pectoral muscle he suffered on the final play of his college career, a brutal hit that resulted in the game-clinching interception in Duke’s 48-34 loss to Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl. He is expected to sit out for another five months or so and, therefore, will be only participating in the interview process, where he’ll be answering so many questions about his pectoral muscles that people are going to think he is Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime.
Renfree is ranked as the 18th best quarterback in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com and the 19th best according to CBSSports.com. The Redshirt Senior put together an impressive career in Cutcliffe’s high-octane passing-attack, throwing for 9,465 yards and 50 touchdowns in his career, never having a QB Rating lower than 120.7 in any year.
While it isn’t a certainty that he will be drafted, you can count on him making an NFL roster at some point.
Vernon, meanwhile, is completely healthy and will be participating in the full NFL Combine experience. Vernon put together quite a career at Duke, setting ACC records with 283 receptions and 3749 yards in his four years at the school. He ended his season with a trip to the Senior Bowl, catching four passes for 36 yards in college football’s biggest senior showcase game.
The general opinion on Vernon places him around the 19th best receiver in the 2013 class, with most people projecting him to be selected somewhere around the fourth or fifth round.
The 2013 NFL Combine begins on February 20th and ends on February 26th.