Towson running back Terrance West and Maryland defensive back Dexter McDougle were among the 335 players officially invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis later this month.
West will use the agility, speed and strength drills at the Combine to try to convince NFL executives that the gaudy numbers he put up at Towson can successfully transfer to the NFL.
West, a 5-foot-11, 223-pound Baltimore native, opted to leave Towson with one year of eligibility left.
West ran for 2,509 yards and had 42 total touchdowns this season -- both Football Championship Subdivision records -- as he led the Tigers to the national championship game. He finished his Towson career with 86 career touchdowns -- three shy of Brian Westbrook's NCAA record for the former I-AA division --and 4,584 rushing yards.
West, who has been training in Florida to prepare for the Combine, has been viewed as a mid-round draft pick, but some analysts believe he could go as high as the second round.
McDougle, the lone Terps player invited to the Combine, missed most of his senior season after suffering a shoulder injury against Connecticut in September. McDougle, a 5-10, 195-pound cornerback, is viewed as a final-round draft pick or rookie free agent candidate.
Another player of local interest invited to the Combine was Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller, a Baltimore native who attended Mount St. Joseph. Fuller, a projected second-round pick, would become the third Fuller brother to reach the NFL.
West, incidentally, was one of 85 underclassmen invited to the Combine; a record 96 underclassmen declared for the draft, with 11 of them not invited to the Combine.
One of those not invited was New Haven tight end Mike Flacco, the younger brother of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. Mike Flacco, 26, was in the Orioles minor league system before returning to play for New Haven last season. The 6-foot-5, 245-pounder played just one season of college football before declaring for the draft.