SEC Leader in TD Receptions, Mississippi State Great Snubbed by NFL Combine

Spruce Derden – USA SPORTS Today

What if I told you that the SEC leader in touchdown receptions didn’t garner an invitation to the NFL combine? You would think that would have to be some sort of mistake and there is no chance that a player good enough to lead the best conference in the nation with 12 touchdown receptions for a nine-win team couldn’t possibly be snubbed, right?

Well that’s exactly what happened to Mississippi State wide receiver, Chad Bumphis after a senior season that saw the 5-11 Tupelo, Ms native finish with 58 receptions, 922 yards and the aforementioned 12 touchdowns. He leaves Mississippi State as the school’s all-time leader in receiving yards (2,270) eclipsing the mark held by Eric Moulds, who had a long career in the NFL.

Furthermore, Bumphis played so well in the East-West Shrine Game last month that he earned MVP honors after reeling in five passes for 92 yards and a 57-yard touchdown, but that apparently isn’t good enough to be among the 300-plus participants in the combine that runs from Feb. 20-26 at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium.

This certainly hurts his draft stock not being able to showcase his skills in front of every team in the league, and puts extra pressure on nailing his pro day where he will run the 40-yard dash, run routes and meet with teams prior to April’s draft.

Bumphis is expected to hear his name called sometime on day three between rounds four and seven, but not being invited to the combine is a disservice to him and his accomplishments on the field.

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