REGINA, Saskatchewan - Graham Harrell is headed to the Canadian Football League.
The record-setting Texas Tech quarterback signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday.
Harrell is the NCAA Division I career leader in touchdown passes but wasn’t drafted by the NFL. His workout with the Cleveland Browns did not result in a contract.
Harrell had to fight the perception that his numbers were the product of Texas Tech’s offensive system and he didn’t have the arm strength to succeed in the NFL.
The Roughriders are already two games into their season and have three quarterbacks on their roster. Their starter is former North Carolina quarterback Darian Durant, who had only four career CFL starts coming into the season.
I like this move also, but I can't figure out why Graham Harrell didn't get drafted by someone in the NFL. He's 6' 2", which isn't tall and isn't as short as Doug Flutie is, so I don't think that could be the reason. At Texas Tech, they passed the ball on most every down, so their rushing attack wasn't much to admire or be impressed with. Harrell did have Michael Crabtree as his primary receiver, who was the first wide receiver drafted in the NFL this year, taken either at #8 or #9 by the San Francisco 49ers. He should do well in the CFL if he's given an opportunity to play and learn the game. He's not considered a great runner, but he can scramble out of trouble, which is all you really need.
His not being drafted by the NFL, brings to mind a guy who went to the CFL in 1978 after not being drafted by the NFL, and he turned out pretty well. I think he won five Grey Cups in a row, and if Graham Harrell is a third as good as Warren Moon, most people in the CFL will be quite pleased. My only concern is if the Riders is his best opportunity to eventually play, and if it is not, I would hope he gets traded to a team in the CFL where he gets that opportunity.
His resume shows taking his team to a record of 11-1 for the season, beating Texas and losing to Oklahoma quite handily, so he is capable of playing well. Let's just wait and see what happens.
You're probably right about the Oakland Raiders taking someone who probably doesn't warrant being selected when they were on the clock to make their selection. I don't remember who that was, but you know Al Davis, he's in his own little world and definitely walks to the beat of a different drummer. He still thinks it's the late 1970's or early 1980's, when the Raiders were great, but too many poor coaching selections and bad drafts have made them a shell of what they once were, consequently they pick at #4 or #5 as they did this year. The best thing Al Davis could do is turn over the operations of the Oakland Raiders to someone who is a real football guy and is NOT Al Davis.
Sorry about my error, I looked it up and the Oakland Raiders picking at #7 took Darius Heyward-Bey from the University of Maryland, and the San Francisco 49ers picking at #10 took Michael Crabtree, who was projected as the #1 wide receiver available in this years NFL draft. You were right Artie and my apologies to you for not knowing that.
Harrell's arm is a little too weak for the NFL brain trust. That and he ran a spread offense in Texas which is also frowned upon by the NFL brain trust. Good luck to him but I smell another Cliff Kingsbury.
The NFL has its formulas for players and they stick by them come hell or high water. Look at Jeff Garcia, played well in the CFL and NFL, but was overlooked by the NFL. What does arm strength mean? There are a lot more intangibles at QB. Anyway, will be fun to see if Harrell develops is Sask. I'm surprised he didn't try to hook on to the UFL, but speaks volumes he chose the CFL.
I can't speak about Tebow's skills as a QB because I don't follow Florida that closely, but I'd say he's a pretty damn good leader. His little speech took that team to a whole new level. And that's the sort of guy you want in the lockerroom.