Three former Beaver football players invited to NFL Combine

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Amy Schwartz, Multimedia Contributor

The NFL Combine will be displaying the talents of three former Beavers in 2017. On Feb. 28, Victor Bolden, Jr., Treston Decoud and Sean Harlow will all take the next step in their football careers.

The players have all been invited to participate in the NFL Combine and will display their talents for thirty-two NFL teams.

While Bolden and Harlow have been training in California, Decoud has been spending his time preparing in Florida.

Cornerback Treston Decoud transferred to Oregon State in 2015 from Northwest Mississippi Community College. During his time in the Pac-12, Decoud totalled two interceptions and 58 tackles. Decoud was named an honorable mention All-Pac 12 selection and also played in the East West Shrine Game.

“I just want to show them that I’m fast, show them that I have the ball skills and I know how to move. I want to prove I’m a top corner.”

During the holidays, Decoud found out about his opportunity to take part in the NFL Combine.

“It was exciting, but I wasn’t surprised. I felt like I worked really hard for it, and I deserved it.”

Decoud hopes to add length, physicality and be an all-around tough cornerback in the league.

“I want to show intensity, and a passion for the game. Plus, I’m a great guy to be around, and a great teammate, so there’s that too.”

Wide receiver Victor Bolden, Jr. was also invited to debut his talents in the NFL Combine. Bolden finished his career at Oregon State ranked in the top ten in the school’s history in all-purpose yards with 5,196, as well as 170 catches and 1,863 receiving yards. Bolden is savoring the opportunity to show his talent during the Combine.

“It means everything. I’ve been working hard to get to this point and to have the opportunity to show what I can do is a blessing.”

Bolden knows he can be a strong asset to an NFL roster.

“I want to add energy and be somebody who can add plays to a team.”

Offensive lineman Sean Harlow was a four year starter during his time at Oregon State.

“I’m excited to go out and represent Oregon State and all the work that my teammates and I have put in the last four years that I was there. There’s only 330 people invited. To be in that elite level of company, it’s an honor. I’m excited to go out there and compete with the best of them.”

The former Beavers talked about their time in Corvallis.

“I grew a lot as a player at OSU. I learned how to be a humble person, and how to work hard. No matter what the record is, no matter what is going on, you just have to stick with it and stay in the game,” Decoud said. “That, I think, is the biggest thing I took away from Oregon State.”

“I just want to thank everyone who is a part of Beaver Nation for welcoming me in and treating me like a family member, like they treat everyone,” Bolden said. “I want to thank my coaches who recruited me and gave me the opportunity to play Division 1 football. It was a great time. I’m going to miss all my teammates I got close to.”

“It was an awesome experience. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I wish we would’ve won a few more games, other than that I had a great experience,” Harlow said. “I had a great time and formulated a lot of great relationships with a lot of great people. People who will be in my life for a lifetime. I wouldn’t change it for anything.”