26 players with Georgia ties invited to NFL scouting combine

FLOWERY BRANCH – Once again, with 26 players set to participate, Georgia will be well represented at the scouting combine, which starts Tuesday and runs through Monday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Players start arriving Tuesday for medical exams and interviews. The on-field workouts will start on Friday.

Here’s the schedule:

Credit: D. Orlando Ledbetter

Credit: D. Orlando Ledbetter

Friday, Feb. 26: Specialists, offensive linemen, tight ends

Saturday, Feb. 27: Quarterbacks, running backs wide receivers

Sunday: Feb. 28: Defensive linemen, linebackers

Monday, Feb. 29: Defensive backs

The number is down from last season when 37 players with Georgia ties participated at the scouting combine. In 2014, 23 players with state ties participated at the combine. In 2013, there were 29.

In 2012, there were 26. The last time there were 30 or more players with Georgia ties at the combine back was back in 2011, when 31 players were invited.

Here’s a list of the local players:


Keith Marshall, RB

Leonard Floyd, OLB, Dodge County

Jordan Jenkins, SLB, Harris County

Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Valdosta

John Theus, OT

Ouayvon Hicks, FB, Pierce County

Sterling Bailey, DL, East Hall High

Chris Mayes, DL, Spalding


Adam Gotsis, DT

D.J. White, CB, Union Grove High


Dominique Robertson, OL


Vadal Alexander, OT, LSU, Buford High

Peyton Barber, RB, Auburn, Milton High

Vonn Bell, CB, Ohio State, Ridgeland

Ronald Blair, DT, Appalachian State, Greene County

Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama, Hillgrove

Jonathan Jones, DB, Auburn, Carrollton High School

Ufomba Kamalu, DT, Miami, Starr's Mill High School

Raphael Kirby, LB, Miami, Stephenson High School

Will Monday, P, Duke, Flowery Branch High School

Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Mississippi, Grayson High

Sheldon Rankins, DL, Louisville, Eastside

DeMarcus Robinson, WR, Florida, Peach County

Terrance Smith, LB, Florida State, Southwest DeKalb

Shad Thornton, RB, N.C. State, Liberty County

Stephen Weatherly, OLB, Vanderbilt, Shiloh

Alex Martin Smith and Chris Kirschner, of SECCountry.com, helped compile this list.