Early Combine Projections Written by Admin Friday, 05 November 2010 19:17 EARLY COMBINE PROJECTIONS http://www.jbscouting.com/index.php/blog/1248-combine-projections LOCK TO GET IN These players are a done deal. They are getting invites because of their play as a junior and senior and the level of interest they have received to date. OT Ben Ijalana, Villanova- Ijalana would be a lock if the combine invited just the top 100 players. He could go anywhere from the late first round to late second round based on his play. He has a great body type, dominates opponents driving them 10-15 yards downfield, and is one of the strongest linemen to come through the small school ranks in years. WR Edmund Gates, Abilene Christian- Gates was on the radar as a late round pick entering the season but had been inconsistent. He has put it all together this year with improving blocking, great route running, and blazing speed. His production is up as well with a team-high 54 catches, 935 yards, and 11 touchdowns. Gates is also averaging an impressive 17.3 yards per catch and 103.9 yards per game through nine contests. Don’t be surprised if Gates projects as a 75-120 overall selection when all is said and done. CB Korey Lindsey, Southern Illinois- Lindsey has attracted almost every NFL team through Carbondale by himself and despite no interceptions he has played very well all year long. His tackling, man to man cover skills, and closing speed have scouts drooling. The two-time All-American might not get the accolades he deserves because he has not been tested but there is no doubt he is the best corner in FCS. If he runs in the 4.4s he could land as high as the late 3rd round but should land no later than the 4th-5th round unless he has a bad postseason. QB Pat Devlin, Delaware- Devlin has been hurt, missed time, and does not have very good overall numbers with just six touchdowns but he has thrown the ball very well and impressed scouts with his decision making skills. There is no doubt he will earn a combine invite but needs to have a strong postseason or he could fall to the late rounds despite having 3rd-4th round talent.