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FCS contingent hopes to impress at NFL Combine

Three of the best offensive linemen from the Football Championship Subdivision were part of the first groups of prospects to open the NFL Combine on Wednesday.

Offensive tackles Tom Compton of South Dakota, Paul Cornick of North Dakota State and Dustin Waldron of Portland State hoped to impress the 32 NFL teams which began evaluating over 325 of the nation's top college players, including 22 from the FCS, at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Participants were scheduled by position over four-day periods. The itinerary, should a player participate in all that is offered, includes an orientation, measurements, a medical exam, testing, interviews with teams, workouts, media training and a meeting with the NFL Players Association.

The evaluation periods for the FCS players:

Wednesday-Saturday

(place-kickers, punters, long snappers, offensive linemen and tight ends)

Offensive tackles Tom Compton of South Dakota, Paul Cornick of North Dakota State and Dustin Waldron of Portland State

Thursday-Sunday

(quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers)

Quarterbacks B.J. Coleman of Chattanooga, Aaron Corp of Richmond and Patrick Witt of Yale; running back Jewel Hampton (junior-eligible) of Southern Illinois; H-back Emil Igwenagu of Massachusetts; wide receivers Tim Benford of Tennessee Tech and Brian Quick of Appalachian State

Friday-Monday

(defensive linemen and linebackers)

Inside linebacker Caleb McSurdy of Montana

Saturday-Tuesday

(defensive backs)

Cornerbacks Asa Jackson of Cal Poly, Trumaine Johnson of Montana, Josh Norman of Coastal Carolina, Micah Pellerin of Hampton, DeAndre Presley of Appalachian State, Ryan Steed of Furman and Corey White of Samford; strong safeties Justin Bethel of Presbyterian and Jerron McMillian of Maine; free safeties Janzen Jackson (junior eligible) of McNeese State and Christian Thompson of South Carolina State