The Draft Network noticed these two snubs among the 5 they highlighted today. They must monitor The Den:
KHRISTIAN BOYD, DT, NORTHERN IOWA
One of my favorite small-school defenders in the 2024 NFL Draft, Northern Iowa defensive lineman Khristian Boyd answered competition-level questions with a standout showing at this year’s East-West Shrine Bowl. The 6-foot-2, 320-pound Boyd was downright dominant at times after compiling career-highs in tackles (43) tackles for loss (6.5), and sacks (3.5) during the season.
Boyd is next up for a Panthers program that has sent various impressive prospects to the NFL draft in recent years, joining a list that includes Trevor Penning, Spencer Brown, and Elerson Smith. The league should have learned by now. Boyd deserved an invite.
JARIUS MONROE, DB, TULANE
Quarterback Michael Pratt, wide receiver Jha’Quan Jackson, and offensive lineman Prince Pines were the three Tulane players to receive invites. I wish versatile defensive back Jarius Monroe joined the list. Not inviting the 6-foot, 204-pound Monroe is an oversight from the league office.
Monroe totaled six interceptions and 22 pass breakups in two seasons at Tulane as a former Nicholls transfer. He even intercepted USC quarterback Caleb Williams in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl. Monroe is a big-game player that will carve out a role for himself at the next level.
I read that article as well, surprised neither got an invite. Both sound like solid late round prospects, although BH hasn’’t really targeted many prospects from small schools save Bromart (credit to @Davicus for pointing this out in his BH tendencies last year).