Mountain West lands 16 players in NFL Combine

By EFN Staff
Published: 02/11/2015

At the conclusion of every college football season marks the beginning of the next crop of NFL hopefuls. Once the majority of bowl games had been completed by the end of December 2014, the NFL started notifying perspective players of their invites to the NFL Combine. Of the 323 prospects invited to Indianapolis for the combine Feb. 17-23, only 16 Mountain West Conference players made the cut.

Or to be viewed in another way, only 5 percent of the players taking part in the biggest evaluation process for former college players hoping to make the big leap to the NFL came from Mountain West Conference programs.

The former MWC players invited included
Cody Fajardo, Nevada
Garrett Grayson, Colorado State

Running Backs
Jay Ajayi, Boise State
Dee Hart, Colorado State
Joey Iosefa, Hawaii

Wide Receivers
Devante Davis, UNLV
Josh Harper, Fresno State
Ezell Ruffin, San Diego State

Offensive Linemen
Brett Boyko(OT), UNLV
Terry Poole(OT), San Diego State
Ty Sambrailo(OT), Colorado State

Defensive Linemen
Tyeler Davison(DE), Fresno State

Aaron Davis(ILB), Colorado State
Mark Nzeocha(OLB), Wyoming

Defensive Backs
Derron Smith(FS), Fresno State

Special Teams
Jared Roberts(K), Colorado State

Some of the bigger snubs from the MWC included
Grant Hedrick, Boise State

Offensive Linemen
Ty Sambrailo, Colorado State
LaMar Bratton, New Mexico

Wide Receivers
Matt Miller, Boise State

Outside Linebackers/Defensive Linemen
Brock Hekking (DE), Nevada
B.J. Larsen (DE), Utah State

Zach Vigil, Utah State

Defensive Backs
Bernard Blake (CB), Colorado State
Frankie Sutera (S), Utah State

Special Teams
Will Conant (K/P), Air Force

Zach Vigil was the 2014 Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year winner. Vigil racked up 145 tackles averaging 11.2 stops per contest and also registered nine sacks.

Conant was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award after hitting 18 of 20 field goals during his senior season. He connected on 17 straight field goals, under 60 yards, during the season and hit all 42 PAT attempts.

Grant Hedrick was second in the MWC with 3,696 yards passing yards behind Garrett Grayson’s 4,006 yards. Hedrick did not have the best TD to INT ratio at 23/14 but chances are his size, 6’0”, 200 pounds, is the primary reason he was not invited to Indy.

Photo credit:; Grant Hedrick runs past a diving Brock Hekking.