Three Gopher seniors who have all exhausted their college eligibility have been invited to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on February 23-29.
All three Gophers attending the NFL Combine this year are on the defensive side of the ball.
CB - Eric Murray
CB - Briean Boddy-Calhoun
OLB - De'Vondre Campbell
Murray started the last 39 games of his Gopher career and played in all 52 possible games of his four years. He was a lock-down corner and anchor for the Gopher secondary. 192 career tackles, 24 pass break-ups and just 2 interceptions. ESPN ranks him as the 72nd overall player, 8th best corner.
Boddy-Calhoun finished his Gopher career with 10 interceptions playing in 39 career games. His sophomore year was cut short with a season-ending knee injury in the second game of the year. He then missed a few games this past fall due to injury but came back to lead the Gopher secondary. BBC was notably a leader in the secondary both vocally and by example. This past August he when he was not in drills he was actively teaching the younger corners, directing them what to look for and where to line up. ESPN has him ranked as the 98th best overall player in this year's draft and the 12th best corner.
De'Vondre Campbell was a three-year JUCO transfer. He played all 39 possible games with 27 starts, he accumulated 208 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 12 TFLs, 2 picks and 3 forced fumbles. A freakishly athletically gifted football player, Campbell was a key player in helping the Gopher defense establish itself as one of the top units in the Big Ten. ESPN ranks him 259th overall, 25th among outside linebackers. I would expect his stock to rise with a good showing of his size/strength/speed.
Last year the Gophers also sent three players to the Combine. Maxx Williams was drafted by Baltimore in the 2nd round, Damien Wilson went to Dallas in the 4th round and David Cobb earned a 5th round draft selection by Tennessee.
Best of luck to these guys at the end of the month.