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North Carolina Central defensive back Bryan Mills

North Carolina Central defensive back Bryan Mills and Grambling State offensive lineman David Moore made their mark among 120 NFL Draft prospects that performed before coaches and personnel from all 32 NFL teams at last week’s Senior Bowl.

Mills (6-2, 180) and Moore (6-1, 350) practiced Wednesday through Friday and played Saturday for the American team that was led by coaches from the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. The National team won Saturday’s game, 27-24.

Moore was labelled by several outlets as one of the ‘winners’ from the week’s work. He earned the American team’s ‘practice-player-of-the-week award’ after performing well at both center and guard and displaying a chippiness that caught the attention of the scouts as did his 82-5/8-inch wingspan. One observer, STATS Senior Editor Craig Haley, said his work appears to “have locked up draft-pick status.”

Mills recorded four tackles and a pass breakup in Saturday’s game. Shortly after, he earned an invitation to the NFL Combine. After receiving word of his invite, Mills tweeted out, “Blessed to be invited to the 2021 NFL Combine. A lifelong dream of mine!”

Mills becomes only the second NCCU player in the Division I era to receive the prestigious invite, after NCCU defensive back Ryan Smith of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who is playing in Sunday’s Super Bowl. Mills will be the fifth Eagle to represent NCCU at the NFL Combine.

The NFL Combine will have a unique format due to the pandemic. The combine is an evaluative process that includes putting draft prospects through on-field workouts, psychological testing, medical exams, and interviews with teams. This year, the on-field workouts will be done at on-campus pro days. The medical and psychological exams, along with the interviews with the teams, will take place virtually.