COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland standout William Likely III has been invited to attend the National Football League's 2017 Scouting Combine. The combine will take place Feb. 28 through March 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The NFL Network and NFL.com will have coverage of the Scouting Combine.
Scheule of Events
March 3 – Running Backs, Offensive Line, Special Teams
March 4 – Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, Tight Ends
March 5 – Defensive Line, Linebackers
March 6 – Defensive Backs
Likely, who had his senior season cut short due to injury, was named a Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) First Team All-American in 2015. He also garnered Second Team All-America accolades from USA Today. Likely ranked third nationally with 1,197 combined return yards in 11 games during his junior campagin.
The Belle Glade, Florida native was also named First Team All-Big Ten as a defensive back for the second straight year and was chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Rodgers-Dwight Big Ten Return Specialist of the Year in 2015.
Likely owns or shares six different Maryland records and he broke a 76-year-old Big Ten record with 233 punt return yards in the Terps’ season-opening win against Richmond in 2015. Likely finished his junior season with three return touchdowns, including two punts and one kickoff. His kickoff return touchdown was a 100-yard run back at Iowa. It marked the second 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Likely’s career.
Likely ended his Terrapin career ranking second all-time at Maryland with 2,233 kickoff return yards, only trailing Torrey Smith. His four career punt return touchdowns also ranks second at Maryland. Likely’s two interception returns for touchdowns is tied for the most in Maryland history and his 170 yards after interception in 2014 is the most ever for a Terp.
Maryland sent four players to the 2016 NFL Combine and saw three players drafted. Defensive back Sean Davis was selected in the second round and was recently named to the all-rookie team by NFL.com. Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue was chosen in the third round and set the Jaguars rookie record for sacks in a single season with 8.0. Defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson was a fifth round selection by the Seattle Seahawks, but saw his rookie campaign cut short due to injury.
The 2017 NFL Draft is set for April 27-29 in Philadelphia.