Bruce Feldman sheds some more light on Chad Kelly’s NFL Combine absence

Oct 29, 2016; Oxford, MS, USA; Mississippi Rebels quarterback Chad Kelly (10) warms up prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

One of the biggest stories at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine involved Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly, who wasn’t even in Indianapolis for the event.

After originally being on the invitation list, the NFL decided that Kelly, who has a history of misbehaving (though not on the level of Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon), wouldn’t be extended an invite to participate.

That sparked a lot of questions, and FOX Sports reporter Bruce Feldman said in a column on Tuesday that he’s heard from NFL teams that it’s possible Kelly’s reputation around the league may be worse than originally thought:

“I have gotten asked a couple of times why Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly, who was not invited to the combine, has gotten so little mention when folks discuss the 2017 quarterback draft class. Kelly has a strong arm and good wheels but he’s got a significant amount of baggage. I’m told it’s considerably worse than what has been reported.”

In a draft that’s seen as weak in terms of quarterbacks, Kelly presents somewhat of a mystery to NFL teams. He didn’t work out or participate in the combine, so none of those questions were answered.

In the coming weeks before April’s draft, it will be interesting to see what Kelly can do to ease teams’ worries. But, if what Feldman has heard is indeed true, Kelly might not hear his name called at all next month.

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