Why Did So Many Talented Players Go Undrafted?

At the Scouting Combine, former Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough said his suspension from this year’s Rose Bowl for violating team rules was “not going to affect my draft stock,” but it did: Bullough has undeniable NFL talent, but he went undrafted.

That’s a common trait among many of the most talented players who weren’t selected in this year’s NFL draft. Teams may like your talent, but if they don’t like your character, they don’t want you in their locker rooms.

Others include two Florida cornerbacks, Loucheiz Purifoy (drugs) and Marcus Roberson (suspension), LSU defensive tackle Anthony Johnson (failed drug test), and Colt Lyerla (various ooff-field issues).

All those players still have a chance to sign with teams as undrafted free agents and prove they belong in the NFL, but teams are obviously wary of players off-field issues and willing to pass on them, no matter who talented those players are.

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