By Bryan Jeon
After setting the Division I record for career touchdown passes (134), Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell went undrafted in April’s
seven-round NFL draft. Guys like Purdue’s Curtis Painter, West Texas A&M’s Keith Null and Fresno State’s Tom Brandstater did get drafted. A workout with Cleveland proved fruitless, meaning he didn’t have the stuff to unseat unproven Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson from the depth chart.
A system player, no doubt. Too small? He’s 6’3,” 205, the same height but about twenty pounds lighter than the three drafted QB’s. It’s tough to say how he’d play out in the bigs, but don’t expect a couple of dominant years in the CFL before being picked up by an NFL team.
If his career turns out to be anything similar to Timmy Chang‘s from Hawai’i, this is the last we’ll hear of Harrell. Chang hardly played two years of CFL, throwing for one touchdown and seven interceptions, was dropped by two teams in six months and is currently out of the game. Good luck with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Graham.