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Pac-12 players who will work out at NFL combine on Friday

Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports

After a few days of meetings, interviews and medical exams, the NFL combine’s on-field workouts begin today with running backs, offensive linemen and special teams.

The NFL Network will provide television coverage, which can only be viewed online here.

Here are the Pac-12 players invited to the combine from those position groups:

Running backs

  • Devontae Booker, Utah: The conference’s top running back prospect ran for 2,773 yards in two seasons after transferring to Utah from junior college. He doesn’t have top-end speed, but his balance, power, vision and ability as a receiver should ensure he will help an NFL team as a rookie.

  • Daniel Lasco, Cal: Injuries limited Lasco after a breakout junior year, so he will need a good showing in Indy to prove 2014 (1,115 yards rushing) was his true self not 2015 (331 yards rushing).

  • Paul Perkins, UCLA: For as productive as Perkins was over the past two seasons (2,918 yards rushing), he never seemed to generate the buzz nationally that was probably deserving. There have been questions about his speed, so that figures to be especially important at the combine.

  • Tre Madden, USC: The most important part of Madden’s trip might have already occurred: his medical evaluations. Even when he was healthy this season -- or at least healthy enough to play -- he was USC’s third-best running back.

Offensive line

  • OT Caleb Benenoch, UCLA: Benenoch’s decision to declare for the draft was at least mildly surprising because, though a good player, the consensus among several coaches in the conference was that he wasn’t a top-level tackle in the Pac-12.

  • C Jake Brendel, UCLA: It’s always interesting to see how a combine performance might affect a four-year starter. There won’t be any surprises about his game, he just needs to display adequate measurables.

  • OG/OT Joe Dahl, Washington State: The combine’s official web site is listing Dahl as a guard, but he was one of the nation’s best tackles this past season. One of four Pac-12 offensive linemen invited to the Senior Bowl.

  • OG Joshua Garnett, Stanford: The Outland Trophy winner and Pac-12’s Morris Trophy recipient (voted on by players) will likely be the first Pac-12 offensive lineman taken.

  • OT Tyler Johnstone, Oregon: After missing the 2014 season after tearing his ACL at the Alamo Bowl in 2013, Johnstone returned to all-conference form in 2015. There still, however, are questions about his athleticism.

  • OT Kyle Murphy, Stanford: Along with Garnett, formed the most devastating left side of a line in college football. Getting tutored by Mike Bloomgren means he will enter the league fundamentally sound.

  • OT Stephane Nembot, Colorado: He’s an intriguing talent because of his natural gifts, but he is nowhere near ready to help an NFL team.

  • OG Alex Redmond, UCLA: Redmond could have used another year in school, but academic issues seemingly forced the issue with him. He needs a very good combine performance to have a shot at being drafted late.

  • OG Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State: There were times when it looked like the foot injury that sidelined Seumalo for the entire 2014 season might end his career, so he’s another guy whose medical evaluation is likely as important as how he performs in drills.

  • C Max Tuerk, USC: Tuerk was the best center in the conference until his senior year ended prematurely because of a knee injury.

  • OG Christian Westerman, Arizona State: He already had a good showing on the bench press (34 reps) and will look to establish himself as one of the best guards in the draft.

Special teams

  • K Ka'imi Fairbairn, UCLA: The Pac-12’s all-time leading scorer's 60-yard field goal against Cal legitimized him (if he wasn’t already) as a solid NFL prospect. He later was named the Lou Groza Award winner, given to the nation’s top kicker.

  • P Tom Hackett, Utah: Hackett is the hero the NFL needs, but doesn’t deserve. He was also college football’s best punter the past two seasons.