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Stunning this TCU player is not invited to NFL Combine

Pachallx-largeDid not see this coming ... multiple NFL sources have said that TCU senior quarterback Casey Pachall was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, scheduled for Feb. 22 - 25 in Indianapolis.

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, "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."

TCU-QB-CASEY-PACHALL-REJOIN-TEAMThe surprise is that Pachall was a starter for two-plus seasons on the Division I level, is big (6-foot-5), and displayed potential. 

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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Rob Tentoy

Oh come on... this SHOULDN'T be a surprise at all. There are more question marks on Pachall than The Riddler's longjohns.

Yeah, he had 4 "good" games in 2012, but those weren't particularly good teams (Grambling St., Kansas, Virginia, & SMU). Then he screwed up... again... and missed the rest of the season.
Came back in 2013, got benched, got injured, didn't win much and ended with stats that were virtually identical to Trevone Boykin.

The next level isn't buying into the Hallmark Channel story TCU tried to sell last year. He hasn't shown that he's good enough for the NFL recently and he's a risk.

He'll be lucky to get invited to a camp.

casey at bat

The kid can play but he is probably not an NFL guy. He damaged his chances, or all but killed them, when he get the DUI and subsequent re-hab stuff. Good kid; maybe? Good arm; yes. But NFL player; no way. Too bad. So sad. Casey struck out.


It's not surprising at all. Casey has baggage that the NFL does not want. But, that does not mean that some NFL team will not give him a shot.


He has an NFL body and arm but he isn't good enough. His Junior year was excellent and had he stayed the course, who knows. But Casey strayed from the path and his senior year suffered for it. It's a lot of potential down the drain. It was a fun ride. I hope it was worth it.

brian crawford

the combines a joke to begin with, these are the same clowns that didnt invite wes welker to the combine, not to mention all the guys that were known dopers but still got a invite. now the cowboys brent will be invited back into the NFL sometime this year in the name of potential, silly me i thought thats what pachall has!

Rob Tentoy

Tee Hee! I got quoted:

dirty burrito

casey can play. it has always been in question whether or not he could make it in the league. he killed his draft status with all the drug stuff and maybe blew his chance to get a real crack at the nfl. but don't count casey out yet. he has the body, the arm, and he has an okay resume. it's not over yet. somebody will invite him to their camp but it's anybody's guess how things turn out from there


Some of the comments about Casey's PAST off the field antics and how they feel will prevent him from being in the NFL is absurd. Look around, the NFL is a ocean of players with prior substance and off the field issues. Those bashing Casey are from rival schools and do not see true talent when they see it. I am not saying he will start like Dalton (many didn't think he would do well and he has done better than Manning and Brady his first three years) but he will play.

Jim Dye

From someone who would have picked Big Ben #1 in the 2004 draft and told people that Russell Wilson would be the starting QB in Seattle the night he was drafted, hang in Casey, your time will come. Those that pass you by will regret. This TCU alum believes.


The "Stunner" would have been if he was!


I don't see that he helped TCU very much.


This is crazy he didn't get a nod. And what's more insane are the commenters who keep referring to his DUI and rehab stint as "the reasons" for it when this very league is full drug addicts, illegal steroid users, cheaters, & multiple felons. And they don't truly care about players smoking pot(both a drug & illegal in 48 states). If those are truly the reasons, Pachall in theory would fit right in. And further, there are very few players in the combine who don't wear the riddlers long johns or whatever stupid comment that was. That's the sole purpose of the combine, to answer questions.

Rob Tentoy

While I still think Pachall should have been shown the door after the DUI (this wasn't his first screw-up), the fact is, he just didn't look that good after his sophomore year.
Sure he won 4 games in 2012, but the three FBS teams went a combined 12-25 that year and Grambling State (FCS) went 1-11.
2013? He was no better than his backup.
He didn't get invited because he wasn't all that impressive.

David Boals

You people seriously think there are no alcoholics in the NFL? He may not get drafted, but a physical stud with experience starting in a big time conference will see slot of camp invites.


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