With a school-record six players, Baylor will be well represented at this week’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
They’ll also be joined by another familiar face: Baylor team physician Dr. Jon Ellis received an invitation for the annual event at Lucas Oil Stadium which will begin Wednesday and run through Tuesday.
The NFL invites a handful of medical personnel from college programs to the combine to build relationships with pro teams and physicians.
“I was contacted by the NFL Physicians Society around Thanksgiving, and I told them I’d love to be part of it,” Ellis said. “Baylor has sent 18 players to the combine since Coach (Art) Briles has been here, so that probably had more to do with them contacting me than anything. They try to focus on schools and conferences that have a lot of players represented.”
Ellis, who is employed by Waco’s Southwest Sports Medicine, will observe how NFL team physicians work at the combine. They’ll share ideas on how team physicians perform their duties at the pro and college levels.
“It will give me a great perspective on what happens at the combine,” Ellis said. “As a guest of the NFL Physicians Society, they’ll pair me up with team physicians. The goal is to create good working relationships between NFL and college team physicians.”
Besides watching and learning from NFL physicians, Ellis is anxious to watch the six Baylor players go through drills at the combine. Baylor’s six players include offensive lineman Cyril Richardson, running back Lache Seastrunk, wide receiver Tevin Reese, tight end Jordan Najvar, safety Ahmad Dixon and cornerback Demetri Goodson.
More than 300 college players will participate at the combine in anticipation of the NFL draft May 8-10. The combine includes a series of drills, tests and interviews with NFL personnel.
“I’m certainly a fan and have my own biases about Baylor players, and I’m very proud we’re sending six,” Ellis said. “No doubt about it, Baylor is on the combine radar.”