That’s the number of players fortunate enough to hear their name called and to have their dreams fulfilled each year in the NFL draft. To put that into perspective, approximately 3,500 players are eligible for the draft, meaning a mere 7 percent of that pool of players are actually picked.
David Pindell is no stranger to adversity or having the odds stacked against him. The former UConn quarterback spoke to Unfiltered Access ahead of his pro-day and he prepares to leave a lasting impression on the scouts, coaches and if he has any say in it, his future team.
The Maryland native on the field has the ability to turn any matchup into a track meet. Pindell ran for more than 1,100 yards his senior season while averaging 5.4 yards per carry. Combine that with just under 2,000 yards passing to go along with 29 total scores and he looks like instant offense.
While the stats may look nice in the box-score after the game, the former Husky understands that winning at the end of the day is the lone goal.
“I am a big competitor and always want to be the most impactful person on the field, so I am willing to step up for any team that picks me up,” explained Pindell. “You will get a hard-working player.”
It was that mindset that propelled him to be recruited in high school, to receive D-1 offers for college and as he believes, will earn him a spot as a pro.
The 3-star recruit added, “at the end of the day I want to be the best on the field. I am going to compete with the best and give my all. You must be team first. I will do whatever it takes to put the team in the best position whether that is playing is change position or anything like that, I am a team player.”
🏃🏾♂️💨 pic.twitter.com/XFLE5E5rkC— David Pindell (@Davidpindell_) October 22, 2018
It’s easy to see why teams at the next level may view Pindell as anything but a quarterback, but despite his willingness to switch positions, he stressed his desire to not only play the position at the next level but to succeed.
For scouts, Pindell likely profiles similar to that of a Denard Robinson or a Taysum Hill, former college quarterbacks forced to make the switch in the NFL to different positions. If you ask him, however, he has only scratched the surface of what he is capable of.
“I don’t think NFL teams have actually seen me throw or take snaps from under center,” Pindell said. “I can see why they want me to change my position, but I don’t think I showed my whole potential in college.”
Pindell was the lone bright spot on a (1-11) UConn team this past season that lacked talent with the losses to back it. Whether his talented was untapped in college is a story for another day as he prepares for what’s next.
While the NFL may possibly be what’s next, that wasn’t always the case. The draftee hopeful didn’t even pick up the game until his freshman year of high school. It is there where he went learned the basics that he was able to develop and become one of the best junior college quarterbacks in the nation before heading to UConn. Even as a Husky, nothing was given. From losing his starting spot junior year before eventually winning it back, Pindell has never looked back.
Now, if the phone doesn’t ring come draft day it wouldn’t be the ultimate surprise, especially for Pindell. He understands that in this league you can’t get hung up about the when or where all that really matters is if you get an opportunity.
Stay with Unfiltered Access as we follow David Pindell’s path to the NFL Draft.