McDonald invited to NFL combine

By Sam Deal, Sports Editor

Eagles safety Tevin McDonald will join 27 Football Championship Subdivision players at this year’s NFL combine in Indianapolis on Feb. 17-23.

Representatives from every NFL team are at the combine evaluating over 300 NFL hopefuls. McDonald and the other defensive backs invited will work out on Feb. 23, where they will run through several workouts testing their athleticism and strength.

McDonald finished 2014 on the Big Sky All-Conference first team after recording 78 total tackles, three forced fumbles and three interceptions.

He was the only player from Eastern to be invited to the combine and will be join by University of Montana defensive end Zach Wagenmann. The two were the only players invited from the Big Sky Conference.

In last year’s draft, 19 FCS players were selected, two of whom played for Big Sky schools.

McDonald will be attempting to follow the footsteps of his father Tim McDonald, who was selected in the second-round of the 1987 NFL draft. Tevin McDonald’s brother T.J. McDonald was also chosen in third-round of the 2013 NFL draft. All three played the Safety and Tim McDonald was a six-time NFL All-Pro.

Before the season in an interview with the Easterner, head coach Beau Baldwin said, “You can tell he grew up around football. He knows the game. He loves the game. He understands the game.”

The draft is being held in Chicago, April 30-May 2.