The NFL draft has come and gone, and with it the somewhat Pynchonian language used by NFL scouts to assess prospects’ weaknesses. So here’s a short list of players who were not drafted and one actual reason why — some reasonable, some nonsensical — as listed by the NFL on its official site.
Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois (signed as UDFA with Chicago Bears)
In college: Finished third in Heisman Trophy voting as a senior behind Jameis Winston and AJ McCarron.
Reason he didn’t get picked: “Is short.”
Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas (signed as UDFA with Seattle Seahawks)
In college: Big 12 co-defensive player of the year
Reason he didn’t get picked: Has “tight hips.”
Keith Price, QB, Washington (signed as UDFA with Seattle Seahawks)
In college: 75 career touchdown passes set Huskies record.
Reason he didn’t get drafted: “Does not look the part.”
George Atkinson, RB, Notre Dame (signed as UDFA with Oakland Raiders)
In college: Finished career as school’s all-time leader in kickoff returns and kickoff-return yards
Reason he didn’t get drafted: “Crude eyes and instincts.”
David Fluellen, RB, Toledo
In college: The first Toledo running back to record 100 yards both rushing and receiving in one game
Reason he didn’t get drafted: “Could improve sustain.”
James Wilder, RB, Florida State
In college: ACC championship game MVP.
Reason he didn’t get drafted: “Has a long torso.”
L’Damian Washington, RB, Missouri
In college: Tigers team captain.
Reason he didn’t get drafted: “Small, skillet hands.”
Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
In college: Four-year player for Tigers.
Reason he didn’t get drafted: “Plays tall and short-armed — too easily turned and washed.”