Jay Bromley hasn't seen it yet, but he's hoping the Under Armour jersey he will wear at this month's NFL Scouting Combine will have the No. 1 on it.

Bromley will be the first defensive lineman to participate in each drill by virtue of the alphabetized list of participants. The jersey number would be added symbolism for a player obsessed with rising to the top, a player who went from having essentially no college offers coming out of high school to the NFL's marquee pre-draft event.

"It's like high school," Bromley said Tuesday evening, three days before he flies to Indianapolis for the combine Feb. 22-25 at Lucas Oil Stadium. "When you reach a certain level you always just prefer to get in line and go first, so why make it any more than that? I'll just set the tone for the day."

At Syracuse, Bromley was a third-team All-ACC selection after leading the team with 10 sacks and three forced fumbles. He also recorded 14.5 tackles for loss. Projected as a sixth- or seventh-round draft pick by CBS Sports, the former Syracuse defensive tackle is far from being the most recognizable D-lineman in Indy. Projected first-round picks such as Aaron Donald, Timmy Jernigan and Jadeveon Clowney will be given a hard look by NFL scouts and general managers on hand. And no player may generate more discussion than Missouri's Michael Sam, who announced earlier this month he is gay.

From that standpoint, Bromley is relatively anonymous entering the combine, a position he has been in before only to break out and turn some heads.