State ties to NFL combine

The NFL Scouting Combine was a chance for all 32 teams to get a look at the top prospects available in the 2017 NFL Draft.

More than 300 players participated in what is basically the biggest job interview they will ever go through.

Players are selected to attend by a committee that includes the directors of both National and BLESTO scouting services, as well as members of various NFL player personnel departments that rotate on a yearly basis.

The ultimate goal is to invite every player that will be drafted that year, and while it doesn’t always play out that way, they normally come very close.

Here is a look of the players with state ties who attended this year’s combine.


Wideout Dede Westbrook, defensive tackle Charles Walker and running back Samaje Perine.

Oklahoma State

Nose tackle Vincent Taylor, defensive back Ashton Lampkin and running back Chris Carson.


Wideout Keevan Lucas

Westbrook, a senior, won the Biletnikoff award as the best receiver in college football. He led all Power 5 players in receiving yards and receiving TDs per game (1.31) while ranking third in receiving yards per contest (117.2). Of his 1,524 receiving yards, 1,370 of them, as well as all 17 of his receiving TDs, came in the last 10 games.

Perine holds the NCAA record for most rushing yards in a game (427 against Kansas on Nov. 22, 2014). Perine has the most carries in a game by any player in the Stoops era after he rushed 37 times for 239 yards against Oklahoma State.

Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon was not invited to the NFL combine because of past legal issues but did take part in the OU Pro Day.

Taylor was a 2016 first-team All-Big 12 selection by the coaches as well as the Associated Press, finishing his career at Oklahoma State with 12 sacks, 22.5 tackles for loss and school-record five blocked kicks.

As a junior last season, Taylor was the FBS leader with four blocked kicks and ranked No. 1 among Big 12 interior linemen with 7 sacks.

Despite missing some time due to injury, Carson finished his senior season with a team-best nine rushing touchdowns, gaining 559 yards on 82 carries for an average of 6.8 yards per carry.

Lampkin started every game as a senior and saw time as a starter over the past three seasons. Last year, Lampkin finished with 34 total tackles, including a season-best five tackles in wins over Kansas and West Virginia.