NFL announces London international combine and participants

The NFL has released a list of 44 players attending the October 12th NFL International Combine at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England. These international athletes will be evaluated by NFL scouts for a chance at this year’s NFL International Pathway Program. A program that prepares global athletes for the rigors of joining an NFL team.

“Through the event, we hope to discover new talent, create more global exposure of the game and provide an opportunity for participants to compete at the highest level,” said Damani Leech, NFL chief operating officer of international.

In the past, the NFL International Pathway Program has produced players such as Efe Obada (Buffalo Bills/UK), Jordan Mailata (Philadelphia Eagles/Australia), Sammis Reyes (Washington Football Team/Chile), and Jakob Johnson (New England Patriots/Germany).

The combine’s invitation list features athletes from 15 different countries including Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, France, Nigeria, Austria, Slovakia, Italy, Switzerland, Japan, Finland, Sweden, and Hungary.

Following the international combine, a number of athletes who show the potential to play in the NFL will be invited to train in the United States for three months as part of the pathway program. That group will be reduced again following the training phase. Following the 2022 NFL Draft, some players will be allocated to NFL teams for the 2022 season.

The NFL previously hosted international combines in Australia in 2018 and in Germany in 2019. The NFL will also be conducting another combine in Mexico later in October for athletes unable to travel to the United Kingdom because of current COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Below are the invited athletes:

First Name Last Name Position Country Team Name
Joshua Addams RB UK ex-London Irish (Rugby)
Samson Alabi RB UK London Blitz
Leon Balogh DL Austria Vienna Vikings
Silvan Barelds TE Netherlands Dusseldorf Panthers
Maceo Beard DB France Potsdam Royals
Connor Bolton OL UK London Warriors
Jan Bombeck DL Germany Hamburg Sea Devils
Max Bruder OL Germany Leipzig Kings
Brandon Camara TE France Marseille Blue Stars
Mbaeteka Chigbo Roy OL Nigeria Up Rise Academy
Haggai Chisom Noubuisi OL Nigeria Up Rise Academy
Lawrence Cornwall-Baptiste OL UK London Warriors
Marcel Dabo DB Germany Stuttgart Surge
Boris Degas LB France Bordeaux Lions
Emmanuel Falola LB UK Kent Exiles
Jan-Hendrick Hoffmeyer OL Germany Frankfurt Galaxy
Jai-Albert Jackson DL UK Stuttgart Surge
Yannic Kiehl OL Germany Frankfurt Galaxy
Fabian Kratz OL Germany Cologne Centurions
Amos Laoye OL Belgium Potsdam Royals
Lance Leota DL New Zealand Leipzig Kings
John Levi Krause TE Germany Hamburg Sea Devils
Daniel Marshall TE UK Swansea University
Igor Mašlanka TE Slovakia Wroclaw Panthers
Arthur Mbahin DL UK Tamworth Pheonix
Enzo Mensah LB Italy Milano Seamen
Yoann Miangue DL France Dresden Monarchs
Leonel Misangumukini DL Austria Vienna Vikings
Wael Nasri LB France Berlin Thunder
Aymeric Nicault WR France Potsdam Royals
Adedayo Odeleye DL UK Berlin Thunder
Kehinde Oginni Hassan TE Nigeria Up Rise Academy
Yoshihito Omi WR Japan Leipzig Kings
Andy Owusu RB UK Kent Exiles
Lukas Ruoss LB Switzerland Potsdam Royals
Flamur Simon LB Germany Dusseldorf Panthers
Jacob Smilie RB UK ex-Swinton Lions (Rugby)
Shawn Tuione DL New Zealand N/A
Chad Walrond DB UK Allgau Comets
Robin Wilzeck WR Germany Dresden Monarchs
Filip Zacok DL Finland Seinajoki Crocodiles
Aslan Zetterbeg DL Sweden Leipzig Kings
Janos Zilai LB Hungary Fehervar Enthroners
Raphel Zistler DL Germany Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns

Three former NFL IPP participants seem to be vying for another chance, as defensive linemen Leonel Misangumkini, Yoann Miangue, and Adedayo Odeleye were all part of the NFL IPP program in 2021, but were not allocated to NFL teams. Now, these three and 41 other global athletes will compete to impress the scouts and be selected as part of this year’s elite group of international athletes.

Alex is a former NCAA and semi-pro American football player who is now located in London, where he works in digital marketing. His goal in writing for AFI is to stay involved with the game that has given him so much. Alex enjoys covering leagues and