NFL draft combine invite for former Jacket

September 17, 2016 Atlanta - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets place kicker Harrison Butker (87) celebrates after he scores an extra point in the second half at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets won 38-7 over the Vanderbilt Commodores. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Former Georgia Tech kicker Harrison Butker has been invited to the NFL draft combine, the only Yellow Jackets player expected to take part in the league’s pre-draft evaluation this year.

Butker finished his career as Tech’s all-time leading scorer with 337 points, passing Luke Manget in the final game of his career. While Butker did not get many opportunities to show off his leg on field-goal attempts this past season — he took 17 this past season, tied for ninth in the ACC — he was a frequently utilized weapon on kickoffs.

He was sixth nationally in touchback percentage at 73.97 percent (54-for-73). Further, he made 15 of those field-goal tries. He was 8-for-8 on tries from 40 yards and longer.

The combine will be held Feb. 28-March 6 in Indianapolis.

Because of the small number of kickers brought to the combine, Butker’s inclusion speaks well of his chances to get into an NFL camp, either through the draft or as an undrafted rookie free agent. Last year, there were six kickers who attended the combine. All six made an NFL camp.

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