Lumsden not invited to NFL combine
A top-notch effort last month wasn't enough for Jesse Lumsden to get another chance to impress National Football League scouts.
The McMaster University player wasn't among a shortened list of 28 running backs and seven fullbacks invited to the NFL's annual combine, scheduled for Feb. 23-March 1 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Lumsden impressed at the 80th annual East-West Shrine college all-star game on Jan. 15 in San Francisco, Calif., leading the East with 41 rushing yards on five carries in a 45-27 win.
The fourth-year geography student still could find himself at the combine if one of the scheduled participants withdraws.
However, Lumsden's name isn't among an overall list of 90 rated running backs for the event in which NFL personnel test graduating seniors and players forgoing their final year of eligibility physically and psychologically.
"I still think it's 50-50 to go to a [training] camp in the NFL," San Diego Chargers professional and college scout Mike McCarthy told the Toronto Sun on Tuesday.
In the fall, McCarthy told the Canadian Press that Lumsden was expected to get a shot at the NFL, either as a late draft pick or a free agent.
The NFL draft is scheduled for April 23-24.
The six-foot-two-inch, 226-pound Lumsden, who is expected to turn pro next season, set three Canadian Interuniversity Sport records and one Ontario University Athletics mark in 2004.
The native of Burlington, Ont., capped the season by winning the Hec Crighton Trophy as the top Canadian university football player.
If Lumsden isn't drafted or signed by an NFL team, he is expected to be a first-round pick in the Canadian Football League College Draft on April 28.
The son of former CFL running back Neil Lumsden has been timed consistently around 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash.