Jeff Demps, Jaye Howard and Chris Rainey have been invited to participate in the NFL Combine in preparation for the 2012 NFL Draft. The former Florida Gators have a chance to improve their draft stock by participating in the various drills offered at the combine. For all three, it presents a good opportunity to be seen in front of a number of NFL scouts, and that’s where it gets interesting.
It would seem like it’s a no-brainier for Howard and Rainey to accept their invitations. The defensive lineman and running back/returner are both looking to continue their playing careers, but have some work to do before the draft. Participating gives them the opportunity to potentially move up the draft boards of some teams. “All three” is a different story though.
During January, Demps announced that he was done with football and would not be persuing a career in the sport. Instead, he was shifting his efforts toward track and focusing on his future there. It was thought of as a wise decision at the time as many believe track presents him with the best career opportunity. With the invite to the combine, might he be reconsidering? It’s doubtful, but it’s hard to imagine it hasn’t at least crossed his mind.