Inside The Bills

Chad Kelly, Joe Mixon among non-Combine invites

Posted by Chris Brown on February 15, 2017 – 12:45 pm

With the NFL Combine player invite list released Wednesday there are a host of different ways to break the list down. After sifting through the position numbers and colleges most heavily represented, those prospects who were not invited are looked for next. One very recognizable name to Bills fans was not invited to Indianapolis.

Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly was not one of the quarterbacks invited to the NFL Combine. He along with Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon were among the more notable prospects left off the list, and it appears the league’s new policy implemented last year was the reason why.

Last year the league instituted a conduct policy barring players from the combine based on criminal cases involving violence or sexual offenses.

Kelly plead guilty to disorderly conduct after being involved in a nightclub brawl. Meanwhile, Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon was also not invited after he punched a female student at Oklahoma in the face in 2014. A video of the incident surfaced two years ago. Even though Mixon wasn’t convicted in the case the league reserves the right to bar any prospect from the Combine based on circumstances involving the player.

In Kelly’s two seasons at Ole Miss he threw for 6,800 yards and 50 touchdowns, but his 2016 season was ended prematurely by an ACL knee injury. Kelly was at the Senior Bowl to interview with NFL teams, but did not participate due to his knee rehabilitation.

Kelly’s Ole Miss teammate WR Damore’ea Stringfellow was also left off the invite list. He plead guilty to an assault charge while playing at the University of Washington in 2014 and was also involved in the nightclub fight with Kelly.

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