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Source: Dean Lowry invited to NFL Scouting Combine

The former Northwestern defensive lineman could be an under-the-radar prospect.

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Former Northwestern defensive end Dean Lowry has been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, a source confirmed to Inside NU Friday. The news was first reported by

Lowry, a defensive end, played in 48 games during his four years at Northwestern, starting 34 of them. He's one of Northwestern's top two NFL prospects along with superback Dan Vitale, who will play fullback at the next level.

Lowry is playing Saturday at the East-West Shrine Game, a college all-star game for draft-eligible prospects. He drew primarily positive reviews in Shrine Game practices Monday through Thursday.

Lowry is listed as the 23rd-ranked defensive end in the draft class by

Lowry is one of eight former Northwestern Wildcats that are pursuing a career in professional football. Vitale, the top-rated fullback in the draft class per, is also expected to receive a Combine invite.

The NFL Combine takes place February 23-29 in Indianapolis, with workouts at Lucas Oil Stadium, the home of the Indianapolis Colts. The NFL Draft is April 28-30 in Chicago.