Every year there is a small school prospect that takes the draftniks by surprise and gets drafted relatively early despite not receiving an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine. In 2009, Jason Williams of Western Illinois and Derek Cox of William & Mary were drafted in the top 75 picks even though they weren’t in Indianapolis for the combine. In 2010, it was Larry Hart of Central Arkansas that didn’t get a combine invite.
Southern Illinois cornerback Korey Lindsey-Woods would rank among the top small school players that will not get to display his talents at combine. On Josh Buchanan’s latest small school draft board he ranked Lindsey-Woods as the 7th best small school prospect and the top small schooler to not receive a combine invite.
In his three seasons as starting cornerback for the Salukis, Lindsey-Woods was named to the first team All-MVFC all three times. He was a first team AP All-American in both his junior and senior season and a third team AP All-American in his sophomore season.
“I want to dominate every play. I feel that I am plus one against the receiver. I have the motor for just wanting to win.”- Korey Lindsey-Woods
Without a combine invite, the pro day for the 5’11, 192 pound cornerback will become very important. He has good size for an NFL cornerback, but will need to display that he has enough speed to match. In NationalFootballPost’s review of Lindsey-Woods, they described him as someone who would fit best in a zone scheme where he could key on the quarterback and break on the ball.
Despite not receiving an invite to the combine, Lindsey-Woods did relatively well at the shrine game practices and displayed a lot of talent albeit a little raw. He is likely to be a mid-round pick in April.