Tyler Bray remaining undrafted stands out for a couple of different reasons. With the 2013 NFL Draft come and gone, the former Tennessee volunteer saw a whopping 63 of his SEC Conference compatriots selected by professional football teams.
That number is more than twice the number of players that were selected from any other conference. The ACC came in second with 31 players getting taken in the three day draft extravaganza. The other reason that his going undrafted is because the Volunteer quarterback actually declared for the draft earlier than he needed to.
There are plenty of seniors who have run out of eligibility and then spend draft day watching as everyone is picked before them. That happens on a much smaller scale when you are talking about an underclassmen who actually leaves school in order to go pro.
Tyler Bray put up the kind of statistics you might think would get you drafted pretty early. In his Junior season the Tennessee QB threw for 3,612 yards, 34 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions. That followed a sophomore season in which he threw 17 touchdowns and just six interceptions.
NFLDraftScout.com certainly thought he was going to be drafted. In fact the well respected scouting service said that he was the seventh best quarterback in the draft and projected him to go in the third round. Instead 11 quarterbacks were drafted and Bray was not among them.
The three year start for the Volunteers will still be able to try and show the NFL what he can do. Shortly after the draft ended the Kansas City Chiefs came calling with an invitation to try and make the team as a free agent.
The 6’6″ QB has the arm and the numbers that could indicate he will be much better than some apparently expect him to be, but the fact that he left school early only to watch three days go by before a team called him could be a cautionary tale for other underclassmen.
Why do you think Tyler Bray went undrafted?