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How did Phillip Lindsay go undrafted? John Harbaugh points the finger

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Think about this for a second. The third-leading rusher in the NFL two weeks into the season went undrafted.

This year.

Boy, did the entire NFL — including the Denver Broncos — get their evaluation on Phillip Lindsay wrong, at least that’s what he’s quickly proving.

“We did look at him, we liked him a lot,” Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said as his team prepares to face the Broncos on Sunday, admitting the Ravens wanted to sign Lindsay as an undrafted rookie. “Broncos did a great job of signing him as an undrafted guy, and I give them a lot of credit.”

In fact, according to reports, Lindsay’s services moments after the draft ended came down to the Denver Broncos and the Ravens.

But why did it get to that point anyway? Why did Lindsay go undrafted?

The initial thought would be to point to his undersized 5-foot-8, 190-pound frame.

But would a multi-million dollar industry with 32 different teams really just go off those two numbers?

Five months after the fact, there’s been nothing to point to it being anything else.

Leading up to his Week 3 matchup against the Broncos, Harbaugh was asked how Lindsay went undrafted less than half a year ago. The head coach didn’t point to his height, weight or school he attended.

In fact, he wasn’t exactly happy.



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