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STs Invited to NFL Scouting Combine

Ten specialists were invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Feb. 17.

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LEADING THE PACK: The specialist group at the combine consists of three positions – kickers, punters and long-snappers. The top kicker is expected to be Louisiana-Monroe's Justin Manton, who could be drafted as high as the fifth round. Manton was 20-of-24 kicking this season and also handled his team's punting duties. Portland State's Kyle Loomis is regarded as the top punter in this year's draft class while Joe Cardona of Navy is the only long-snapper invited to the combine.

TOP 5 SPECIALISTS (Projected round)
1. Justin Manton, Louisiana-Monroe (5)
2. Kyle Loomis, Portland State (6)
3. Kyle Brindza, Notre Dame (7)
4. Sam Ficken, Penn State (7)
5. Joe Cardona, Navy (UFA)**

SPECIALISTS**
Will Baumann, North Carolina State
Kyle Brindza, Notre Dame
Kyle Christy, Florida
Sam Ficken, Penn State
Will Johnson, Texas State
Josh Lambo, Texas A&M
Kyle Loomis, Portland State
Justin Manton, Louisiana-Monroe
Trevor Pardula, Kansas
Joe Cardona, Navy

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