Why Undrafted?: George Farmer, WR, USC
By Charlie Campbell, @draftcampbell
When USC landed some star recruits named Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, there was another player who had as much or more hype than those two: George Farmer. Farmer was expected to become a superstar play-maker for the Trojans, but it just never happened. With Woods and Lee ahead of him, Farmer barely played in 2011 and 2012. He had injuries during his career, including a torn ACL and MCL that cost him the 2013 season. In 2014, Farmer contributed 30 receptions for 363 yards and four touchdowns as one of the receivers complementing Nelson Agholor. Farmer entered the 2015 NFL Draft, but was not selected.
Some sources said they had Farmer graded as an undrafted free agent. One team said they had him with a sixth-round grade but had already taken a receiver. That was the only team among a few that had a round grade on Farmer. The majority saw him as an undrafted free agent because of his lack of production, development and playing time, alongside his injury history.
After going undrafted, Farmer signed with the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys have their starting receivers set for the long-term with young play-makers like Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams. Dallas doesn’t have a definite third receiver though, unless you count Cole Beasley. Farmer will be in a stiff competition for two or three roster spots with a group including Devin Street, Chris Boyd, Deontay Greenberry, Antwan Goodley and a few others. Given Farmer’s lack of development from college, he looks more like a candidate to earn a spot on the practice squad. There he will have time to see if he can develop his craft before being called on to contribute on the field for Dallas or another team. Farmer faces an uphill climb to stick in the NFL.
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