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Combine invite not essential

As Welker, Umenyiora and others can attest, combine selection is inexact science

Originally Published: February 23, 2010
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Being invited to the annual NFL combine, which begins Wednesday in Indianapolis, certainly provides a college prospect a pretty good leg up on being drafted. But not being chosen for the combine, and thus avoiding the poking and prodding that is a nettlesome part of the process, doesn't mean a player can't get a solid toehold on an NFL career.

Granted, the path to the NFL is a bit more pothole-strewn minus a combine résumé, but it doesn't necessarily suggest that a player has ...

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