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Missed the Cut: Drafted Rookies who Failed to Find a Roster Spot

Not every rookie starts off strong.

With NFL Teams condensing their roster to 53 players, some draft selections are bound to be cut from the final roster.

It’s a tough decision for any GM to make. If you draft someone, you’ve invested in their future. Sometimes players just don’t live up to their expectations and it’s important for GMs to address this sooner rather than later.

Let’s look at some of this year’s draft picks who didn’t make the cut.

Second Round

Malik McDowell, DE, Michigan State

Drafted by: Seattle Seahawks

Current Status: Non-Football Injury List

This is an unfortunate case. McDowell showed promise at Michigan State, but getting into an ATV accident puts his entire career in jeopardy.

McDowell was the Seahawks’ first pick of the 2017 NFL Draft and could potentially never play football again. Brutal.

Defensive end Malik McDowell in Seahawks practice.

Round 3

Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy

Drafted by: New England Patriots

Status: Non-Football Illness

The reigning Super Bowl champions’ third round pick was placed on the Non-Football Injury list and it appears as though he won’t play for the entire year.

New England’s draft haul will by far be the least impactful, since both Garcia and sixth round pick Conor McDermott are not on the roster. McDermott was waived by the Patriots and claimed by the Buffalo Bills.

Their first pick (who was selected in the third round) Derek Rivers is out for the season with a torn ACL. That only leaves fourth round defensive end Deatrich Wise Jr. as a contributor from this draft class.

It’s a good thing they know how to make deals in free agency.

Tackle Antonio Garcia in Patriots practice.

Round 4

Dorian Johnson, G, Pittsburgh

Drafted by: Arizona Cardinals

Status: Arizona Cardinals Practice Squad

Zach Banner, OT, USC

Drafted by: Indianapolis Colts

Status: Claimed by the Cleveland Browns

Round 5 

Jake Butt, TE, Michigan

Drafted by: Denver Broncos

Status: Non-Football Injury

Tight end Jake Butt playing for Michigan while in college.

Jake Elliott, K, Memphis

Drafted by: Cincinnati Bengals

Status: Cincinnati Bengals Practice Squad

Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise State

Drafted by: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Status: San Francisco 49ers Practice Squad

Running back Jeremy McNichols against the Washington Redskins in Week 4 of the preseason.

DeAngelo Yancey, WR, Purdue

Drafted by: Green Bay Packers

Status: Green Bay Packers Practice Squad

J.J. Dielman, C, Utah

Drafted by: Cincinnati Bengals

Status: Claimed by the Los Angeles Rams

Nate Gerry, S, Nebraska

Drafted by: Philadelphia Eagles

Status: Philadelphia Eagles Practice Squad

Round 6

Michael Tyson, DB, Cincinnati

Drafted by: Seattle Seahawks

Status: Seattle Seahawks Practice Squad

Alex Armah, FB, West Georgia

Drafted by: Carolina Panthers

Status: Carolina Panthers Practice Squad

Jeremy Clark, CB, Michigan

Drafted by: New York Jets

Status: Non-Football Injury

Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh

Drafted by: New York Giants

Status: New York Giants Practice Squad

Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech

Drafted by: Minnesota Vikings

Status: Reserve/Injured

Tight end Bucky Hodges playing in the preseason.

Sam Rogers, FB, Virginia Tech

Drafted by: Los Angeles Rams

Status: Los Angeles Rams Practice Squad

Brandon Wilson, DB, Houston

Drafted by: Cincinnati Bengals

Status: Cincinnati Bengals Practice Squad

Robert Davis, WR, Georgia State

Drafted by: Washington Redskins

Status: Washington Redskins Practice Squad

Conor McDermott, OT, UCLA

Drafted by: New England Patriots

Status: Claimed by the Buffalo Bills

Kofi Amichia, C, South Florida

Drafted by: Green Bay Packers

Status: Green Bay Packers Practice Squad

Colin Holba, LS, Louisville

Drafted by: Pittsburgh Steelers

Status: Free Agent

Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami (FL)

Drafted by: Detroit Lions

Status: Claimed by the Carolina Panthers

Quarterback Brad Kaaya against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1 of the preseason.

Marquez White, CB, Florida State

Drafted by: Dallas Cowboys

Status: Dallas Cowboys Practice Squad

Leon McQuay III, S, USC

Drafted by: Kansas City Chiefs

Status: Kansas City Chiefs Practice Squad

Round 7

Ifeadi Odenigbo, DE, Northwestern

Drafted by: Minnesota Vikings

Status: Minnesota Vikings Practice Squad

David Moore, WR, East Central (OK)

Drafted by: Seattle Seahawks

Status: Seattle Seahawks Practice Squad

Joey Ivie, DT, Florida

Drafted by: Dallas Cowboys

Status: Free Agent

Elijah Lee, LB, Kansas State

Drafted by: Minnesota Vikings

Status: Minnesota Vikings Practice Squad

Linebacker Elijah Lee in Minnesota Vikings practice.

Brad Seaton, OT, Villanova

Drafted by: Tennessee Titans

Status: Free Agent

Khalfani Muhammad, RB, California

Drafted by: Tennessee Titans

Status: Tennessee Titans Practice Squad

Elijah Hood, RB, North Carolina

Drafted by: Oakland Raiders

Status: Oakland Raiders Practice Squad

Jack Tocho, CB, North Carolina State

Drafted by: Minnesota Vikings

Status: Free Agent

Jordan Carrell, DT, Colorado

Drafted by: Dallas Cowboys

Status: Free Agent

Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU

Drafted by: Green Bay Packers

Status: Free Agent

Pat O’Connor, DE, Eastern Michigan

Drafted by: Detroit Lions

Status: Detroit Lions Practice Squad

Chad Kelly, QB, Mississippi

Drafted by: Denver Broncos

Status: Non-Football Injury

Quarterback Chad Kelly in the preseason.

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