Jamie Byrd: 'No answers' for being bypassed by NFL
After spending the last two years delivering some of the fiercest blows on USF's defense, S Jamie Byrd suddenly finds himself recovering from one.
Right to the psyche.
"I have no answers, really," he said.
By dusk Saturday, 253 players' names had been called at the NFL Draft. By dusk Sunday, countless others -- including six USF guys -- had landed deals as undrafted free agents, earned mini-camp tryouts or been invited to single-day workouts. Byrd's cellphone never buzzed.
USF's second-leading tackler, the only Bull chosen for January's East-West Shrine Game, said Wednesday he hasn't heard a peep from an NFL club since the draft started last Thursday.
"The crazy thing about it, during that week about 10 (NFL) teams had called, just talking about how they were interested in me," said Byrd, a Pasco High alumnus currently staying at his mom's house in Dade City. "After the draft, I didn't hear anything."
Widely considered a longshot to make an NFL roster due to his size (5-foot-11, 185 pounds), Byrd nonetheless seemed a lock to at least get a look-see in an NFL camp. He was nursing a sore hamstring at USF's Pro Day in early March and didn't run, but said he's fine now.
"It wasn't no serious injury," he said.
If a call never comes, Byrd said he'll look to the Canadian Football League for at least a year. He said he's also only a class shy of completing his sociology degree.
"I'm very disappointed, but man...I believe in the process and I believe in God, so I still think it's gonna come through," he said. "Then again, I'm not gonna beat myself up about it. ... As of right now, we're waiting for that call."