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Published: Feb. 6, 2018 at 12:39 p.m.

Notable current NFL players who weren't invited to the combine

The invitation list for the 2018 NFL Combine has been released, and the opportunity is a big one for more than 300 draft prospects who will gather in Indianapolis next month for workouts, interviews, medical evaluations and more.

But missing out on the combine doesn't have to mean missing out on an NFL career. Here are 10 notable current NFL players who did not participate in the NFL Scouting Combine.

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  • <b>College:</b> Stanford
<br><b>Draft:</b> 2011, undrafted
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Despite leading the Cardinal in receiving yards and touchdowns in his senior season, Baldwin went undrafted and was signed as a free agent by the Seahawks. Baldwin was an immediate contributor, racking up 788 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. In 2017, Baldwin posted his third straight season with 75 or more receptions. 10

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    Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks

    College: Stanford
    Draft: 2011, undrafted

    Despite leading the Cardinal in receiving yards and touchdowns in his senior season, Baldwin went undrafted and was signed as a free agent by the Seahawks. Baldwin was an immediate contributor, racking up 788 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. In 2017, Baldwin posted his third straight season with 75 or more receptions.

  • <b>College:</b> West Alabama
<br><b>Draft:</b> 2014, undrafted
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As an undrafted rookie in 2014, Butler made <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000630850/article/top-50-clutch-moments-in-super-bowl-history-110" target="new">the clutch play</a> that earned the Patriots a fourth Super Bowl title, <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-cant-miss-plays/0ap3000000467461/Super-Bowl-Can-t-Miss-Play-The-Butler-did-it" target="new">picking off Russell Wilson</a> at the goal line to secure <a href="http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/49" target="new">New England's 28-24 win</a>. In 2015, Butler became a regular starter and earned his first Pro Bowl nod. He was a full-time starter in New England in 2017 but his benching for the Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles was one of the game's biggest subplots. 9

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    Malcolm Butler, CB, Patriots

    College: West Alabama
    Draft: 2014, undrafted

    As an undrafted rookie in 2014, Butler made the clutch play that earned the Patriots a fourth Super Bowl title, picking off Russell Wilson at the goal line to secure New England's 28-24 win. In 2015, Butler became a regular starter and earned his first Pro Bowl nod. He was a full-time starter in New England in 2017 but his benching for the Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles was one of the game's biggest subplots.

  • <b>College:</b> Kent State
<br><b>Draft:</b> 2009, seventh round
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Edelman was a three-year starter at quarterback while at Kent State, and led the Golden Flashes in passing yardage and rushing yardage in his final college season. The Patriots signed Edelman as a rookie free agent, and switched him to wide receiver. Edelman has posted two 1,000-yard seasons, and has been a big contributor in the Patriots' last two Super Bowl wins (109 yards in SB XLIX, 87 in SB LI). He was lost for 2017 due to a preseason knee injury. 8

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    Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots

    College: Kent State
    Draft: 2009, seventh round

    Edelman was a three-year starter at quarterback while at Kent State, and led the Golden Flashes in passing yardage and rushing yardage in his final college season. The Patriots signed Edelman as a rookie free agent, and switched him to wide receiver. Edelman has posted two 1,000-yard seasons, and has been a big contributor in the Patriots' last two Super Bowl wins (109 yards in SB XLIX, 87 in SB LI). He was lost for 2017 due to a preseason knee injury.

  • <b>College:</b> Kent State
<br><b>Draft:</b> 2003, undrafted
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Gates emerged from college basketball player to an eight-time Pro Bowl selection at tight end. Gates is tied for sixth on the NFL's all-time touchdown receptions list with 111, along with Tony Gonzalez, which is the highest total among tight ends. As <a href="http://www.nfl.com/history/legends/2000s" target="new">a member of the NFL's 2000s all-decade team</a>, Gates is nearly a lock to one day be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 7

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    Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers

    College: Kent State
    Draft: 2003, undrafted

    Gates emerged from college basketball player to an eight-time Pro Bowl selection at tight end. Gates is tied for sixth on the NFL's all-time touchdown receptions list with 111, along with Tony Gonzalez, which is the highest total among tight ends. As a member of the NFL's 2000s all-decade team, Gates is nearly a lock to one day be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  • <b>College:</b> Kansas
<br><b>Draft:</b> 2011, undrafted
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Harris parlayed a training camp invite by the Broncos in 2011 into a successful career. He's been a Pro Bowl pick three of the last four seasons, and he's made at least 15 regular-season starts for the past five years. 6

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    Chris Harris, CB, Broncos

    College: Kansas
    Draft: 2011, undrafted

    Harris parlayed a training camp invite by the Broncos in 2011 into a successful career. He's been a Pro Bowl pick three of the last four seasons, and he's made at least 15 regular-season starts for the past five years.

  • <b>College:</b> Kent State
<br><b>Draft:</b> 2002, undrafted
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Harrison played sparingly for the Steelers as an undrafted rookie in 2002, was released then signed by the Baltimore Ravens in 2003, sent to the Rhein Fire of NFL Europa, and then cut by the Ravens. He was then signed again by the Steelers in 2004, made the team and was a mainstay on the Steelers' defense for nearly a decade. He was a member of two Steelers teams to win Super Bowls (XL and XLIII). In that Super Bowl XLII triumph, Harrison made <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000630850/article/top-50-clutch-moments-in-super-bowl-history-110" target="new">one of the most clutch plays</a> in Super Bowl history, <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/0ap2000000146425/James-Harrison-interception-return-touchdown" target="new">returning an interception 100 yards for a touchdown</a>. He was released by Pittsburgh in December and signed with the Patriots. 5

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    James Harrison, LB, Patriots

    College: Kent State
    Draft: 2002, undrafted

    Harrison played sparingly for the Steelers as an undrafted rookie in 2002, was released then signed by the Baltimore Ravens in 2003, sent to the Rhein Fire of NFL Europa, and then cut by the Ravens. He was then signed again by the Steelers in 2004, made the team and was a mainstay on the Steelers' defense for nearly a decade. He was a member of two Steelers teams to win Super Bowls (XL and XLIII). In that Super Bowl XLII triumph, Harrison made one of the most clutch plays in Super Bowl history, returning an interception 100 yards for a touchdown. He was released by Pittsburgh in December and signed with the Patriots.

  • <b>College:</b> West Alabama<br>
<b>Draft:</b> 2016, 5th round<br><br>
Hill has made the Pro Bowl in each of his first two NFL seasons. As a rookie, Hill was a do-it-all threat in Kansas City, adding 267 rushing yards and the NFL's best punt-return skills to his receiving numbers. Last year, he came into his own more as a wideout, ranking seventh in the NFL with 1,183 receiving yards. An arrest for domestic violence in college resulted in a transfer from Oklahoma State to UWA and damaged his NFL draft standing. 4

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    Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs

    College: West Alabama
    Draft: 2016, 5th round

    Hill has made the Pro Bowl in each of his first two NFL seasons. As a rookie, Hill was a do-it-all threat in Kansas City, adding 267 rushing yards and the NFL's best punt-return skills to his receiving numbers. Last year, he came into his own more as a wideout, ranking seventh in the NFL with 1,183 receiving yards. An arrest for domestic violence in college resulted in a transfer from Oklahoma State to UWA and damaged his NFL draft standing.

  • <b>College:</b> USC
<br><b>Draft:</b> 2011, seventh round
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After making <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/seattle-seahawks/0ap2000000315426/NFC-Championship-Can-t-Miss-Play-Ball-Hawks" target="_self">the NFC title-clinching interception</a> off a tipped pass from teammate Richard Sherman, Smith went on to become MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII. <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-cant-miss-plays/0ap2000000322488/Super-Bowl-XLVIII-Can-t-Miss-Play-Manning-throws-pick-six" target="_self">Smith's pick six</a> illuminated the Seahawks' defensive dominance of the Denver Broncos in <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000323054/Super-Bowl-XLVIII-Seahawks-vs-Broncos-highlights" target="_self">an emphatic 43-8 win</a>. He was a regular in the Raiders defense for two years with more than 100 tackles in each. He signed with the 49ers in the offseason but missed 2017 with an injury. 3

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    Malcolm Smith, LB, 49ers

    College: USC
    Draft: 2011, seventh round

    After making the NFC title-clinching interception off a tipped pass from teammate Richard Sherman, Smith went on to become MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII. Smith's pick six illuminated the Seahawks' defensive dominance of the Denver Broncos in an emphatic 43-8 win. He was a regular in the Raiders defense for two years with more than 100 tackles in each. He signed with the 49ers in the offseason but missed 2017 with an injury.

  • <b>College:</b> Minnesota State<br>
<b>Draft:</b> 2013, undrafted<br><br>
After spending two seasons as a backup, Thielen has exploded for 160 catches, 2,243 yards and nine touchdowns over the last two years. In 2017, he ranked fifth in the NFL with 1,276 yards. He certainly wasn't overlooked in college due to production -- he was a 1,000-yard receiver in his final year at Minnesota State and made 198 catches in his college career. 2

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    Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings

    College: Minnesota State
    Draft: 2013, undrafted

    After spending two seasons as a backup, Thielen has exploded for 160 catches, 2,243 yards and nine touchdowns over the last two years. In 2017, he ranked fifth in the NFL with 1,276 yards. He certainly wasn't overlooked in college due to production -- he was a 1,000-yard receiver in his final year at Minnesota State and made 198 catches in his college career.

  • <b>College:</b> Chadron State College<br>
<b>Draft:</b> 2008, undrafted<br><br>
Woodhead enjoyed a spectacular college career, but it's not easy for 5-foot-8 running backs to get noticed at the NCAA Division II level. Despite piling up nearly 8,000 yards and more than 100 touchdowns in his career at Chadron State, he didn't receive a combine invitation and was not selected in the 2008 draft. After stints with the New York Jets and New England Patriots, he joined the Chargers, where he posted the two most productive seasons of his career (2013, 2015). Last year, he caught 33 passes as a backup with the Ravens, as a hamstring injury kept him out for half the season. 1

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    Danny Woodhead, RB, Ravens

    College: Chadron State College
    Draft: 2008, undrafted

    Woodhead enjoyed a spectacular college career, but it's not easy for 5-foot-8 running backs to get noticed at the NCAA Division II level. Despite piling up nearly 8,000 yards and more than 100 touchdowns in his career at Chadron State, he didn't receive a combine invitation and was not selected in the 2008 draft. After stints with the New York Jets and New England Patriots, he joined the Chargers, where he posted the two most productive seasons of his career (2013, 2015). Last year, he caught 33 passes as a backup with the Ravens, as a hamstring injury kept him out for half the season.