Lumbala shifts focus after NFL draft rebuff

Allen Cameron, Calgary Herald
Published: Monday, April 28, 2008

Rolly Lumbala waited it out until the bitter end Sunday afternoon.

And now, the former St. Francis Browns running back has to wait a little bit longer.

The 22-year-old Calgarian had hopes of being selected in the National Football League draft over the weekend, but seven rounds and 252 players later, Lumbala is still waiting to take the next step in his football career.

"It was disappointing, but things happen for a reason," said Lumbala, who lined up at tailback, fullback and tight end during his four-year career at the University of Idaho.

"It's OK; we'll just see what happens in the next day, and then on Wednesday."

An NFL opportunity is still in the mix for Lumbala should a free-agent offer come his way today. Barring that, he'll almost surely be a high pick in Wednesday's Canadian Football League draft.

"It's just wait and see right now; my agent is working on things right now," he said.

"The sooner the better."

Meanwhile, the Calgary Stampeders are in wait-and-see mode as well today after one of their first-round picks from last year's CFL draft also wasn't selected on the weekend.

University of Akron receiver Jabari Arthur of Montreal, whom the Stamps picked sixth overall in last year's CFL draft, was a projected third-round pick in Sports Illustrated's draft preview but didn't hear his name called.

He's still likely to get an NFL camp invite, though, in light of his size (six foot four, 228 pounds) and pass-catching ability (86 receptions with 10 touchdowns in 2007).

Rolly Lumbala has reportedly signed with the Miami Dophins.

The Bombers signed his older brother Jacques, check out his performance in the CIS final last year for St Marys Huskies, he's a bulldozer at 5' 10" - 225 lbs.

Could be a real sleeper ???