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NFL International Combine Returns To London


NFL International Combine Returns To London

The National Football League International Combine heads to London for the second consecutive year.

Mirrored after the annual NFL Combine staged in the United States, the invitational scouting showcase is designed to discover and evaluate potential NFL talent globally.  Forty-four athletes will be selected to participate in a series of tests in front of NFL evaluators at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 3-4.

“Hosting the International Combine in London for the second year provides tremendous exposure for our great game,” said Roman Oben, NFL Vice President of Football Development. “The Combine allows us to evaluate new talent globally, shine a spotlight on our sport and provide an opportunity for participants to compete at the highest level.”

Athletes representing as many as 13 countries will be evaluated for a potential position in the NFL’s International Player Pathway (IPP) program.

Instituted in 2017, the IPP program aims to provide elite international athletes the opportunity to compete at the NFL level, improve their skills, and ultimately earn a spot on an NFL roster.

Following the International Combine, a select number of athletes who meet specific performance requirements and display the potential to play in the NFL, will be invited to train in the United States for three months. This group will be reduced yet again following the training phase in the US and a select number will be allocated to NFL clubs for the 2023 season.

The International Combine is the first step in the process towards participation in the IPP program that has helped players such as EFE OBADA (UK/Washington Commanders), JAKOB JOHNSON (Germany/Las Vegas Raiders) and JORDAN MAILATA (Australia/Philadelphia Eagles) earn an NFL roster spot.

This year MARCEL DABO (Germany/Indianapolis Colts), ADEDAYO ODELEYE (United Kingdom/Houston Texans) THOMAS ODUKOYA (Netherlands/Tennessee Titans) and AYO OYELOLA (United Kingdom/Jacksonville Jaguars) will join the practice squads of their AFC South teams.

The 2022 International Combine will be the fourth iteration, after one in Australia in 2018 and in Germany in 2019. The NFL conducted a Combine in Mexico in October of 2021 for athletes unable to make it to London due to travel restrictions. This is the second time the event will be hosted in London; the combine will be closed to the public.

Below are the players who received International Combine invitations:

Name Position Country Team
Lachlan Amosa, Talitiga DL Australia Berlin Rebels
Oswin, Brendan OL Australia Potsdam Royals
Ogbevoen, Lucky LB Austria Swarco Raiders
Rodlauer, Tobias OL Austria Berlin Thunder
Fortes, Kevin DB France Hamburg Sea Devils
Kancel, Ludovic OL France  –
Saint Amand Daufour, Abel LB France Cougars de Saint-Ouen-L’Aumone
Zeregbe, Stanley LB France Berlin Thunder
Jokiel, Luca OL Germany Heidelburg Hunters
Levi Kruse, John TE/FB Germany Hamburg Sea Devils
Schroeter, Lino LB Germany Cologne Crocodiles
Simon, Flamur LB/DE Germany Cologne Centurions
Werthmann, Marlon OL Germany Schwabisch Hall Unicorns
Wiegand, Leander OL Germany Cologne Centurions
Matsui, Riki WR Japan Fujitsu Frontiers
Ibarra Rodriguez, Ernesto LB/DE Mexico  –
Zepeda, Hector OL Mexico Tec De Monterrey
Kwofie, Harlan DB Netherlands Rhein Fire
Owusu-Bediako, Tyrese DL Netherlands Rhein Fire
Gary Pumipi, Te Akau OL New Zealand 7T5 Sports Academy
Raymond Chan-Tung, Jaylen OL New Zealand  –
Siaki Akiono, Jack TE New Zealand 7T5 Sports Academy
Vinny Lui, Etuale Junior OL/DL New Zealand  –
Augustine Nwoye, Ifeanyi LB Nigeria Uprise Academy
Chijioke Okoye, Basil OL Nigeria Uprise Academy
Chisom Omemgboji, Chibuike OL Nigeria Uprise Academy
David Agoha, Ebuka LB/DE Nigeria Uprise Academy
Emmanuel Nzekwe, Ebuka DB Nigeria Uprise Academy
Godrick, Jason OL Nigeria Uprise Academy
Laoye, Amos OL Nigeria New Yorker Lions
Odumegwu, Kenneth DL Nigeria Uprise Academy
Okwuchukwu Ezeani, Johnbosco DL Nigeria Uprise Academy
Osuji, Desmond DL Nigeria Uprise Academy
Paul Anine, Ifeanyi DB Nigeria Uprise Academy
Precious Uzuegbu, Udochukwu WR Nigeria Uprise Academy
Humberto Jiron Bowles, Jaime DE/TE Panama Linces UVM
Fernández Nieto, Alejandro LB/DE Spain Barcelona Dragons
Rodriguez, Gabriel OL Spain Barcelona Dragons
Haenni, Tim DL Switzerland Hamburg Sea Devils
Falola, Emmanuel LB UK Bristol Aztecs
Jackson, Jai LB/DE UK London Blitz
Johnson-Fisher, Tyrese RB UK London Warriors
Mbahin, Arthur LB/DE UK Tamworth Phoenix
Owusu, Andy RB UK London Warriors

This Article Was Written By Phil Sullivan

Phil Sullivan

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