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NFL to Hold International Combine Featuring 14 ELF Players

The NFL is holding its next International combine on Tuesday, October 12th in London. This will be the 3rd of such workouts The 1st two were in Australia, and Germany.

The NFL released a statement on the combine:

“Following the International Combine, a select number of athletes who meet specific performance standards and display the potential to play in the NFL, will be invited to train in the United States for three months as part of the International Pathway program. The group of athletes will be reduced yet again following the training phase in the US and a select number will be allocated to NFL clubs for the 2022 season”.

NFL

The Combine will be similar to the one the league holds in Indianapolis prior to the draft. Since it’s its in Europe, 44 players from at least 23 countries have been chosen from the massive amount of talent the sport has to offer.

from England to Japan, players will perform OTA-style workouts to build up a database that the NFL will use for their next International Player Pathway Program. Which has produced a few prospects-turned-NFL player, such as Efe Obada (UK/Buffalo Bills), Jakob Johnson (Germany/New England Patriots), Jordan Mailata (Australia/Philadelphia Eagles) and Sammis Reyes (Chile/Washington Football Team).

The list of all 44 can be found here, but for the European League of Football prospects, they’re listed below:

Defensive Linemen:

  • Aslan Zetterberg – Leipzig Kings
  • Jan-Philipp Bombek – Hamburg Sea Devils
  • Adedayo Odeleye – Berlin Thunder
  • Jai-Albert Jackson – Stuttgart Surge
  • Lance Leota Leipzig Kings

Linebacker

  • Wael Nasri Berlin Thunder

Defensive Backs

  • Marcel Dabo – Stuttgart Surge

Wide Receiver:

  • Yoshihito Omi Leipzig Kings

Offensive Linemen:

  • Fabian Kratz – Cologne Centurions
  • Jan-Hendrick Hoffmeyer – Frankfurt Galaxy
  • Yannic Kiehl – Frankfurt Galaxy
  • Max Bruder – Leipzig Kings

Tight Ends:

  • John-Levi Kruse – Hamburg Sea Devils
  • Igor Mažlanka – Panthers Wroclaw

Thunder LB Nasri said:

“I except a lot of competition during this combine, the desire to do well and I’m looking forward to impress the NFL scouts with my physical abilities.”

Wael Nasri

This is a big deal for all of these players. Especially those coming off the ELF season. A lot to prove, and for those of us blessed enough to have watched the league, it could mean these prospects are 1 step closer to their NFL dreams.

Kings DL Lance Leota said:

“This is my go-to shot, so I need to make the most of it and god willingly be selected as the final cut for January.”

Lance Leota

Surge DB Marcel Dabo said this about the opportunity:

“I am looking forward to put up better numbers than at the Surge combine earlier this year. I am confident about that too.”

Dabo

The NFL also plans to make a trip to Mexico later this month, given its possible due to any travel restrictions.

The results of this camp will be ready by January, so, we will be pulling for all of these guys to get good news. Many more players in the ELF are also deserving of this opportunity.

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