An anonymous AFC scout told NFL.com his franchise will not be drafting former Texas A&M wide receiver Speedy Noil.
“He is off of our board,” the scout said. “Good athlete, but not a good football player and not a guy we want in our locker room.”
Noil, who during the NFL Scouting Combine, said he needed to learn right from wrong because he “wasn’t taught that growing up,” has been an enigmatic prospect throughout the draft process. As a former five-star high school prospect, he showed flashes of his potential during his time with the Aggies, but never lived up to lofty expectations.
Noil had 46 receptions and five touchdown as a true freshman in 2014, but he managed just 42 receptions and four touchdowns in his sophomore and junior seasons combined before turning pro.
Noil declared for the NFL draft in January after a career filled with off-field issues. Noil missed each of A&M’s past two bowls – the 2015 Music City Bowl and the 2016 Texas Bowl. The 2015 bowl suspension carried into the Aggies’ 2016 opener against UCLA. The 2016 suspension stemmed from an arrest for possession of marijuana.
“Speedy’s one step forward, two steps back,” coach Kevin Sumlin said in December. “The things that he has done have not been malicious; it’s been on him. He’s made mistakes. He’s come a long way as a person, believe it or not, but he’s still making a ton of mistakes.”
He has good speed and can be a return man, but his draft stock is such that it wouldn’t be a surprise if he goes undrafted.
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