BATON ROUGE - Eight members from LSU's 2010 football team have been invited to take part in the NFL Combine, which starts later this month at the Lucas Oil Dome in Indianapolis, the league announced on Thursday.
The NFL Combine is an annual event and has pro football hopefuls going through a series of interviews with each team as well as taking part in a battery of physical tests, including the 40-yard dash, the 225-pound bench press, the vertical jump and broad jump, the 20-yard shuttle and 60-yard shuttle and the 3-cone drill. Also, players are put through a series of drills by NFL scouts and coaches.
Headlining the list of Tigers scheduled to take part in the combine include cornerback Patrick Peterson and defensive tackle Drake Nevis. Peterson is projected as a top five pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, while Nevis is projected to go late in the first round or early in the second round.
Other Tigers headed to the combine include: offensive tackle Joseph Barksdale, kicker Josh Jasper, defensive tackle Lazarius Levingston, running back Stevan Ridley, linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, and wide receiver Terrence Toliver.
LSU's eight invitees to the NFL Combine tie with Georgia as the most from any school in the Southeastern Conference. Florida follows with six, while Alabama and Auburn each have five invited to the event.
The NFL Combine, which starts on Feb. 23 and runs through March 1, will be televised each day by the NFL Network.