Texas Football: Lil’Jordan Humphrey situation post-NFL Draft letdown

The poor 2019 NFL Draft workout process for former Texas football wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey was more than a letdown.

One of the most shocking things to come out of this year’s NFL Draft process was the fall of Texas football wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey. There’s no question that he did not have a good combine, showing a lack of speed in comparison to his fellow wide receivers.

But it’s disappointing to see him go from a projected third or fourth round pick when the season ended to going undrafted. Even though Humphrey did not hear his name called during the three-day draft, he was quickly signed as a free agent by the New Orleans Saints on Saturday. The Texas Longhorns football program had a ton of players signed down as undrafted free agents this weekend.

It will be interesting to see how much of a factor Humphrey can be in the Saints’ high-powered offense but to be signed as a free agent brings up a big question. Should LHJ have stayed with the Texas football program for the 2019 season?

The main reason he should have stayed if you ask Texas football fans is because something special is brewing on the Forty Acres and the Horns are going to be a contender in the Big 12 again, and potentially on the national level.

The dynamic duo of Humphrey and Collin Johnson for another year along with quarterback Sam Ehlinger would have been one of the scariest passing threats in the country. The other obvious reason for LHJ staying one more year in Austin is to improve his draft stock.

His numbers last season would have jumped out to any scout. He hauled in 86 receptions for 1,176 yards and 10 total touchdowns. Those are astounding numbers, even for the subpar defense that exists in the Big 12.

The biggest questions surrounding LHJ and how he would translate to the next level were clearly an issue this weekend in Nashville. He has the size and the ball catching ability to flourish in the next level. But he was slow during many drills at the combine and his 40 yard-dash time was putrid, clocking a 4.75.

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This upcoming season for the Longhorns as much as hype as any season in recent memory. After shattering expectations last year and returning a lot of key players, it would have been exciting to keep LHJ on the squad. Let’s just hope the absences of his play making ability is not too detrimental to the Texas football program.

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