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Hardesty, Williams, Scott to NFL combine

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Berry is likely to be added for workouts

Tennessee will send at least three players to the NFL combine next month.

The Vols figure to receive one more invitation when final invitations go out, but it likely won’t go to the guy who could use it most.

According to a list published Tuesday by the Sporting News, UT seniors Dan Williams, Montario Hardesty and Chris Scott each were offered a chance to participate in the elite workouts in Indianapolis starting Feb. 24. The final roster could change as underclassmen are added – which likely means a spot for junior Eric Berry should be held – but as it stands now quarterback Jonathan Crompton won’t have a chance to boost his stock at the event.

Berry probably wouldn’t have much to gain from an appearance, and Williams, Hardesty and Scott all have other opportunities to show off for scouts at senior bowl games this month. But the last tape on Crompton at the moment is his disappointing effort in UT’s 37-14 loss to Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, which ended with him taking a vicious hit in the closing minutes and leaving the Georgia Dome with a concussion.

Crompton’s impressive play down the stretch certainly boosted his draft stock, which appeared to have bottomed out during a rough start to the season while adapting to a new offense without his best receivers. But if there are still questions about how his ability will translate to the next level, it seems as if he’ll have to find a different venue to answer them.

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