Seven rounds came and went and wide receiver Terrance Turner and quarterback Ben Chappell remained on the draft board. In previous years, they would’ve been getting phone calls immediately after the draft, but because of the NFL lockout, teams can not offer free agent contracts to undrafted players until the labor dispute is solved.
This means Turner and Chappell, who both held out legitimate hope of being drafted, must wait to see if they will even get a camp invite.
“I’m a little disappointed, but you know I’m not gonna give up quite yet,” Chappell said. “I’ll see what happens and hope they get the whole thing resolved and try and get into a camp.”
The Bloomington South graduate said he’s considering going back to Arizona, where he worked out before IU’s pro day, to train, but said he could also continue to work out in Bloomington.
Chappell said he was hopeful that he would get selected when there was a run on quarterbacks early in the draft. Four were taken in the first 12 picks and seven went in the first three rounds. Just five were taken in the rest of the draft, however, and when Alabama’s Greg McElroy was still on the board heading into the seventh round, Chappell realized his name probably wouldn’t be called.
Turner could not be immediately reached for comment. Running back Trea Burgess, cornerback Richard Council and safety/wide receiver Mitchell Evans are also holding out hope for free agent contracts when the lockout ends.