Another one of college football’s top players denied an invite by the NFL Combine Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
ORLANDO, FL - SEPTEMBER 05: Chad Kelly #10 of the Mississippi Rebels communicates at the line of scrimmage in the first half against the Florida State Seminoles during the Camping World Kickoff at Camping World Stadium on September 5, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

It looks like the NFL may have added another player to their “banned” list for the annual Combine coming up at the end of the month.

According to Chase Goodbread of, Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly did not receive an invite to this year’s NFL Combine. Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller later followed that up with a report that Kelly was denied an invite to the Combine due to his past off-the-field issues.

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Kelly issues start back in 2014, where he was kicked off the Clemson football team due to a blow up at a spring practice. Kelly then went the JUCO route before transferring to Ole Miss, where he had another legal issue after getting in a fight at a night club.

Kelly has spent the last two years as the starter at Ole Miss, but his 2016 season was cut short after an ACL injury. Kelly is still recovering from that injury, but as Goodbread indicates in his tweet, it appeared that Kelly expected to meet with teams at the Combine.

Instead, it doesn’t look like that will be happening, and Kelly joins Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, Baylor wide reciever Ishamel Zamora, and Ole Miss teammate Demore’ea Stringfellow as players that have reportedly been blacklisted from this year’s Combine.


[H/T Saturday Down South]

Bo was born in Atlanta, GA, and has always been a savvy sports follower. He attended Georgia Tech and has previously worked with ESPN TrueHoop, HawksHoop, and the Georgia Tech Newsroom. He covers national college football for FanBuzz.
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