OXFORD, Miss. — Chad Kelly lost the end of his senior season to injury, and then had his combine invitation controversially pulled by the NFL. So, without question, the gunslinger had plenty riding on his performance at Ole Miss pro day.
Monday should have been Kelly’s chance to showcase his pro-caliber arm before the gaggle of NFL scouts assembled at the school’s indoor facility. However, the former Rebels star’s workout ended prematurely after he sprained his right wrist during a scripted throwing session.
“It happened last week. I tried pushing through it this whole week. Felt good,” said Kelly, who only threw 10-20 passes before leaving the field with trainers. “And then (I) threw one, turning my wrist over pretty hard. It felt weird. Threw one in the flat and it just didn’t feel the same.”
The setback, while disappointing, is not expected to prevent Kelly from showing off his cannon later this month. He intends to work out for scouts at Ole Miss on April 22, less than a week before the NFL draft begins, and added that his surgically reconstructed knee felt “really good” on Monday. In fact, Kelly says doctors already have cleared him for contact drills.
But this latest challenge, occurring on top of the ACL rehab and the NFL’s apparent concerns over his past mistakes, obviously wasn’t what Kelly expected.
“It’s very frustrating,” Kelly said. “I’ve worked really hard for the past five months to really hone in on this day. We’ve got to move it back to be able to do this stuff.
“You go through adversity and you get through it. You can only change the future.”
— Jim Kelly (@JimKelly1212) April 3, 2017