More than 300 players annually are invited to the combine to show off their skills, provide medical records and to interview with teams in an effort to be drafted by an NFL club. That Pachall is not on the invite list is shocking, and disappointing. The official list won't be released until after the Super Bowl.
There is a chance, however slim, Pachall may still score an invite but it's a long shot.
He did not have a great senior year, but the real culprit are the more than 100 juniors who made themselves available for the draft. Because of that, a lot of seniors such as Pachall are left out of Indy.
According to www.NFLCombine.net, "Participants are determined annually by a Selection Committee. The Directors of both National and BLESTO scouting services, which combined represent twenty-five NFL teams, are joined by members of various NFL player personnel departments to form the committee. The participating NFL executives can rotate on a yearly basis, and remain anonymous. ALL eligible players are reviewed and voted on by the committee members. Each athlete receiving the necessary number of votes, by position, is then extended an invitation. While it is not a perfect science, the goal of the committee is to invite every player that will be drafted in the ensuing NFL Draft."
Not scoring an invite to the Combine does not mean Pachall's pro chances are gone, but it does make his path a bit harder. He already was not expected to be drafted. At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds with a strong arm, Pachall has the prototypical NFL QB body but a college resume that is a bit erratic.
Pachall entered the 2013 season as the preseason first-team all Big 12 quarterback. In the second game of the season, however, he suffered a broken left arm that forced him to miss the next five games. Pachall finished the year with 1,468 passing yards, six touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He earned his degree from TCU in December.
As a sophomore in 2011, Pachall played well for TCU in its final year in the Mountain West Conference. He threw for 2,921 yards with 25 TDs and 7 Ints.
As a junior in '12, TCU's first year in the Big 12, he appeared in four games where he threw for 948 yards with 10 TDs and 1 int. TCU was 4-0 in those games.
Pachall left TCU after the fourth game of the '12 season to enter a treatment facility for addiction. He had been arrested for a DWI in early Oct. He returned to school in Jan. of '13, and was named the team's starting QB in the fall.
TCU finished 4-8 in 2013.
Pachall played in the new college football Medal of Honor Bowl in January that featured draft eligible seniors. Pachall was 8-of-15 passing in the game. His next chance to impress NFL types will be at TCU's annual Pro Day.
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