Keenan Reynolds knew that it would be a difficult to fight his way onto an NFL team this fall as he will be transitioning from quarterback to a different position. The process however got much harder this week as Reynolds for some inexplicable reason was not invited to, and is not performing at, the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.
To put this in perspective there were 332 prospects contacted by the league to show their skills and run through the tests at the combine. The 2016 NFL Draft will consist of 253 picks (after compensatory choices and forfeited selections are factored in) so if Reynolds is to be selected he would be so ahead of 80 guys who got to perform in front of all the scouts at the NFL cattle market.
This has to be a first with regards to a player of Reynolds talent, experience and productivity not even being asked to work out at the showcase event. For those counting, Reynolds amassed a Division I record 88 touchdowns during his college career and rushed for 4,559 yards, which is a record for FBS quarterbacks. Reynolds did all this in the Mids triple option offense and ran for a ridiculous seven touchdowns in one game against San Jose State among many notable outings.
The best Reynolds can do this weekend though is watch and learn from the players he will be competing against to be drafted. Reynolds will be able to assess his worth against the best running backs and slot receivers the draft has to offer and then he will be looking to beat their times and performances as the draft circus continues. The fact Reynolds is able to only train at nights and on the weekends because of his service commitments, as opposed to other players who are in warm weather places like Florida and Arizona with personal trainers, only motivates Reynolds further to prove his worth.
If there is one thing we know about Reynolds after his Navy career it is that there is no one better able to rise to a challenge when the odds are stacked against them. You simply do not put up the numbers Reynolds has during his career and not have the ability to play at the top level. Teams that like versatility in their players, looking at you New England, would do well to keep Reynolds well and truly on their radar as the draft approaches.