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Towson Delaire and Smith accept combine invites

Ryan Delaire proved to be one of the best pass rushers in the CAA and is one of just 23 defensive ends set to take part of the NFL Scouting Combine.

Ryan Delaire proved to be one of the best pass rushers in the CAA and is one of just 23 defensive ends set to take part of the NFL Scouting Combine.

Towson football’s two All-Americans, Ryan Delaire and Tye Smith, have both accepted invitations to take part in the NFL’s Scouting Combine, which runs February 17-23 in Indianapolis and will be televised live on NFL Network.

“Having two student-athletes attend the NFL combine speaks volumes as to how hard these young men have worked in the name of our institution and how far we have come as a program,” Towson Head Coach Rob Ambrose said. “Ryan and Tye have earned a great honor and I am excited for them and their futures.”

Towson joins North Dakota State and Chattanooge as the only FCS teams with more than one players at the combine.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Delaire is one of just 23 defensive ends invited to this year’s combine and 6-foot, 170-pound Smith is one of just 32 cornerbacks. In the 2014 NFL Draft, 22 defensive ends and 33 cornerbacks were selected.

This year, defensive lineman will have their on-field workouts take place on Sunday, Feb. 22 and on Monday Feb. 23 defensive backs will take the field.

Delaire finished his career at Towson as a two-time first team All-CAA selection and ranked second in the conference and 13th in the FCS with 11 sacks as a senior. He was fifth in the CAA with 14.5 tackles for a loss. He also finished third in the CAA among defense ends and linemen with 5.3 tackles per game while forcing three fumbles.

Smith was a 2014 first team All-CAA selection and was widely regarded as one of the best cover corners in the nation. Smith led Towson with eight pass breakups and finished with 85 tackles. His 312 tackles in his career are the fifth most in Towson history. Smith also took part in the East-West Shrine Game in January.

This is the second-straight season a Tiger has been invited to the NFL Combine. Last year eventual third round pick Terrance West participated.

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