Here’s why all these players didn’t get picked in the NFL draft


Jordan Lynch. (Associated Press)

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.”

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.
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