Two local players were invited to show off their skills later this month at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
Former McEachern High School and Southern California offensive lineman Chuma Edoga will join former Cherokee High School and Troy defensive back Blace Brown in trying to impress NFL scouts.
The 6-foot-4, 302-pound Edoga started 46 games over his four-year career, including all 12 during a senior season in which he was named second-team all-conference by Pac-12 coaches.
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein said Edoga is “a smooth, athletic run-blocker and an uneven, unrefined pass protector, which creates a challenge in projecting him.”
NFL.com listed Edoga as a player who potentially could become a starter, comparing him to current New York Jets lineman Kelvin Beachum. Beachum was a seventh-round draft pick in 2012, but has been a full-time starter for the last five seasons.
Brown originally arrived at Troy as a wide receiver, but after changing positions, he was a three-year starter for the Trojans and finished his career with 111 tackles and 12 interceptions.
Zierlein rated the two-time all-Sun Belt Conference selection as a potential NFL backup and special teams player. The NFL.com overview said the 6-foot, 180-pound Brown was a “note-taker from off coverage with size, eyes and anticipation, but lacking burst and makeup speed.”
NFL.com also said it seemed like Brown lost speed coming back off a 2017 ACL injury.
Zierlein compared Brown to former Buffalo, Pittsburgh and New York Giants cornerback Ross Cockrell, a fourth-round selection in 2014.