Phillip Lindsay flew to Florida last month with the hope and belief that he would return less than a week later with a life-changing invite. He hoped that the NFL scouting combine, the annual showcase for college football’s top prospects, would welcome him to Indianapolis for the chance to test in front of every NFL team. He believed that after the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg he would get his shot.
“Pretty much I’m going to have to go take my combine invite,” he said before leaving for Florida. “And that’s what I’ll do.”
Lindsay led all rushers in the East-West game with 51 yards on 12 carries. He garnered notice from NFL scouts, earned the praise of draft analysts, and put his speed and power on display for anyone who questioned it over the last four years at Colorado.
Just. As. He. Intended.
But when he returned to Denver days later, Lindsay faced rejection. Despite ranking 11th in FBS with 122.8 rushing yards per game last season and despite his record-setting career at Colorado, Lindsay was not among the 32 running backs invited to the combine, held later this month at Lucas Oil Stadium.
This is life when you’re a 5-foot-7, 190-pound back vying for a spot on an NFL roster that is so often determined by measurables.
This is the only life Lindsay has known.
“I feel like I’m an underdog,” he said. “A lot of people look at my stature and they see all these so-called big-name players and I feel like I’m just as good or better than a lot of people.”
To try to prove it, Lindsay, a projected late-round draft pick, has been doing two-a-days with trainer Loren Landow in Centennial. Landow works with many Broncos players in the offseason, helped Christian McCaffrey turn in a memorable combine performance …read more
Source:: The Denver Post