LUBBOCK, Texas – A trio of Texas Tech standouts will look to make their NFL dreams closer to reality Saturday when Dylan Cantrell, Keke Coutee and Nic Shimonek participate in a series of drills at the NFL Combine.
All three Red Raiders will take part in on-field workouts Saturday in front of hundreds of NFL scouts, coaches and team personnel as part of the annual event held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The entire combine will be covered live on NFL Network.
Potential draftees are asked to participate in a series of drills during the combine such as the bench press, 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump and shuttle run, while also undergoing a rigorous slate of meetings with team executives from all 32 teams.
Cantrell has had his name in the news quite a bit leading up to the combine as NFL Network's Peter Schrager called him one of the potential under-the-radar picks of the draft. Cantrell ended his Tech career with his best season in 2017 as he caught 71 passes for 816 yards and seven touchdowns to go along with one more touchdown on the ground.
A native of Whitehouse, Texas, Cantrell wrapped his tenure in scarlet and black with 158 catches for 1,873 yards and 18 touchdowns. He combined for 1,491 yards and 15 touchdowns through the air the last two seasons alone after returning from an injury that forced him to redshirt the 2015 season.
Cantrell joined with Coutee to form one of the most dangerous receiving duos in the country this past season as the duo combined for over 2,000 yards. Coutee accounted for 1,429 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns of his own en route to being named a semifinalist for the prestigious Biletnikoff Award.
Coutee, who declared for the draft following his junior season, recorded 2,424 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns over his three-year career as a Red Raider, which began as a true freshman in 2015. His 1,429 receiving yards this past season ranked second all-time at Tech, trailing only Michael Crabtree's total from the 2007 campaign.
Shimonek, meanwhile, took advantage of his lone season as a collegiate starter, throwing for 3,963 yards and 33 touchdowns while completing an impressive 66.5 percent of his passes to lead the Red Raiders to an appearance in the Birmingham Bowl. He ended the year ranked ninth nationally in passing touchdowns and 11th for passing yards.
Following the combine, all three Red Raiders will have one more chance to impress NFL scouts during Texas Tech's annual Pro Day event on March 23. The 2018 NFL Draft will run April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington with coverage provided all three days on NFL Network and ESPN.