And now, as that old chestnut goes, we know the rest of the story.
Earlier this week, it was reported that North Carolina linebacker Darius Lipford would be one of four players who would be in the (shallow) pool of players available in the NFL’s annual supplemental draft. The move came as a surprise as Lipford, who overcame a serious knee injury incurred a couple of years ago, was viewed as the front-runner to start at middle linebacker for the Tar Heels in 2014.
Instead, Lipford entered the supplemental draft because, as the Durham Herald-Sun put it, “academic issues” forced his football hand.
Lipford suffered a torn ACL during the 2011 Independence Bowl. He tore the same ligament again in July of 2012 and missed that entire season. He started four games prior to the injury, played in 10 games after his recovery in 2013.
For the record, Lipford went undrafted, as did the other three players who made themselves available — New Mexico wide receiver Chase Clayton, Virginia-Lynchburg defensive tackle Lakendrick Ross and SMU running back Traylon Shead.