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The 2016 NFL draft Scouting Combine invite list just dropped, and there were a few head scratching omissions that highlight some of the issues NFL teams have in scouting talent.

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 23: Defensive back Eric Rowe of Utah in action during the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 23, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine invite list was just posted on their official website here. And like every NFL draft season the NFL gets it mostly right when it comes to who should get this opportunity.

Not getting an invite to the Combine is not the end of the world, because there are a handful of players who get drafted despite not being invited. However, there are sometimes where a few players that are omitted from the list calls into question some of the various flaws in the scouting process.

The lofty goal of scouting and talent acquisition is to find the best players in college football and get them on your team. But due to resource constraints, politics and unknown factors that isn’t always the case.

Players always slip through the cracks and certain players get opportunities based purely on what school they went to, or the agent they chose to represent them instead of the merit of their tape. And I have found five players with strong cases for why the NFL should have given them invites.

So let’s explore the five glaring omissions from the NFL Scouting Combine this year, and why you should get to know them despite the NFL deciding not to.

Next: Number 5?
The 2016 NFL draft Scouting Combine invite list just dropped, and there were a few head scratching omissions that highlight some of the issues NFL teams have in scouting talent.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 23: Defensive back Eric Rowe of Utah in action during the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 23, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine invite list was just posted on their official website here. And like every NFL draft season the NFL gets it mostly right when it comes to who should get this opportunity.

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Not getting an invite to the Combine is not the end of the world, because there are a handful of players who get drafted despite not being invited. However, there are sometimes where a few players that are omitted from the list calls into question some of the various flaws in the scouting process.

The lofty goal of scouting and talent acquisition is to find the best players in college football and get them on your team. But due to resource constraints, politics and unknown factors that isn’t always the case.

Players always slip through the cracks and certain players get opportunities based purely on what school they went to, or the agent they chose to represent them instead of the merit of their tape. And I have found five players with strong cases for why the NFL should have given them invites.

So let’s explore the five glaring omissions from the NFL Scouting Combine this year, and why you should get to know them despite the NFL deciding not to.

Next: Number 5?

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Sep 6, 2014; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Purdue Boilermakers defensive back Frankie Williams (24) returns a punt against Central Michigan Chippewas defensive back Tony Annese (18) at Ross Ade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

5. Frankie Williams, CB, Purdue

Frankie Williams is by far one of the strangest snubs from the Scouting Combine this year. His partner in crime cornerback Anthony Brown of Purdue was invited.

But Williams is by far the better play-maker than Brown. Williams as a cornerback on tape has explosiveness, speed and aggressiveness.

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He has all of the qualities that people love in Mackensie Alexander of Clemson, but he has proven production against the run and pass through the air.

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Not giving Frankie Williams an invite considering some of the names on the invite list above is confusing. And you see why when you get a chance to watch his film.

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Next: Number 4?

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Oct 24, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Southern Miss Golden Eagles defensive back Kalan Reed (11) leaps in the air for an interception intended for Charlotte 49ers wide receiver Austin Duke (10 during the second quarter at Jerry Richardson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

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4. Kalan Reed, CB, Southern Mississippi

Be honest with me for a second. How many of you actually watched Southern Mississippi each week this college football season.

That’s pretty much how I feel about Kalan Reed not being invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. Southern Miss has had its ups and downs, which have hurt the program in the eyes of scouts.

But this team went to a Bowl game in 2015. This is not the Southern Miss of 2013 that was hard to watch, and you shouldn’t downgrade players for not grabbing your attention within the first five minutes of tape during a losing season.

All of this just to say that Kalan Reed is one of the best cornerbacks in this draft class. He’s smart, discipline and very disruptive at the catch point.

He’s one of the few cornerbacks I believe could make a seamless transition to safety due to his understanding of angles and football intelligence. Not inviting Kalan Reed pretty much means you don’t like smart football players, or you didn’t watch his tape.

Next: Number 3?

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3. Ted Karras, OG, Illinois

You might look at the guards invited to the NFL Scouting Combine this year and say that sounds right. But all I thought was where the heck is Illinois’ Ted Karras.

The Senior guard who performed exceptionally well at the East West Shrine game this draft season as well is one of the best guards in this class. He’s one of the toughest and strongest guards in this class.

And not being invited to the Combine is another what the heck does it take for NFL teams to accept you should be considered highly on their board? Yes he didn’t play at LSU or Alabama, but I don’t see Karras not being invited if he had not of played at Illinois.

Next: Number 2?

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1. Michael Thomas, WR, Southern Mississippi

Just as I said about Michael Thomas‘ teammate Kalan Reed, I don’t believe the decision makers in this process watched Southern Miss this year. Thomas is easily in the top 10 of this years wide receiver class.

He gives top effort on each one of his routes to set cornerbacks and safeties up at the second level. With a surprising amount of nuance and savvy after the catch.

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He shows explosive footwork and fluidity reminiscent of New York Giants’ Victor Cruz. But what makes his snub so bad is the wide receivers invited to the Combine over him.

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The NFL invited 43 wide receivers to the NFL Scouting Combine this season. And Thomas wasn’t one of them.

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Some of the names on the list are familiar and deserving, but many of the names are players who likely are practice squad members to special teams contributors. And I don’t want to knock special teams, but what is more valuable special teams, or the people who catch touchdowns.

I understand the NFL does get most of these events correctly, but Michael Thomas not being invited hurts. And yes you can say I’m just an internet scout who doesn’t know nothing.

But the tape, the holy lifeblood of everything the NFL values is screaming that Thomas isn’t a bum. He has his flaws, but the natural talent he displays is worthy of an invite here.

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Honorable Mention

Aaron Green, RB, TCUJordan Williams, WR, Ball StateDarion Griswold, TE, Arkansas StateMichael Jordan, CB, Missouri Western StateMichael Caputo, S, Wisconsin
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And I want to hear from you. Who do you believe was the biggest snub from the NFL Scouting Combine this year and why?

Leave a comment below.

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN u2013 FEBRUARY 23: Defensive back Eric Rowe of Utah in action during the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 23, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine invite list was just posted on their official website here. And like every NFL draft season the NFL gets it mostly right when it comes to who should get this opportunity.

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