The Broncos sent a contingent to the East-West Shrine game on January 19th to scout prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft. They interviewed two players there and we are going to find out about one of them. Let me introduce you to Chad Bumphis, a Wide Receiver out of Mississippi State.
Chad Bumphis is a 5’10", 202 lb. Senior who runs a 4.46 pre-Combine 40 yard dash. He Lettered 4 times for the Bulldogs, playing 50 games and catching 159 passes for 2,270 yards and 24 Touchdowns. He is currently ranked 400 overall in the CBS Draft prospect rankings and #46 out of all Wide Receiver hopefuls.
Chad had his best season in 2012, catching 58 passes for 922 yards and an SEC-best 12 Touchdowns. As if that weren’t enough to impress the Bronco scouts, he also had a terrific day during the Shrine game, catching four passes for 92 yards, including a 57-yard Touchdown grab. Bumphis shared the MVP honors with Nigel Malone as the West team defeated the East 28-13. Of his MVP performance, Chad had this to say;
"People said I made a little money yesterday."
Maybe even enough to move him to a middle round projection.
Bumphis led the Bulldogs in Receiving 3 of the 4 seasons he attended Mississippi State. He also returned 24 Kickoffs for a 21.9 yard average and 35 Punts for a 10 yard average and one Touchdown. His College Bio calls him "the primary playmaker for the Bulldogs since his freshman term."
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Mississippi State has not been known as a hotbed for NFL wide receiver talent. In fact, the last Bulldog receiver to be drafted was Buffalo’s 1996 first round pick, Eric Moulds. Bumphis’ career didn’t really take off as it was expected after a fine freshman year, but there?s still a strong chance he’ll be the next State receiver to hear his name called in Radio City Music Hall due to his ability to move the ball from the slot and contribute in the return game. The all-state pick from Tupelo stayed home despite ranking among the top recruits in the country by scouting services, and instantly improved MSU’s offense as a true freshman. SEC coaches named him to their All-Freshman team after leading the Bulldogs in receiving (32-375, four touchdowns) and gaining 383 yards as a kick returner. He led the team in receiving again in 2010 (44-634, five scores), as well as punt returns (16-137). Despite starting 12 games as a junior, Bumphis had his lowest receiving numbers (25-339, three touchdowns) and had little return yardage save an 82-yard punt return for a score against Louisiana Tech. He was also arrested for disorderly conduct just one day after his team’s Music City Bowl win over Wake Forest.
Bumphis is one of the nation's most underrated receivers - as a general rule, when Mississippi State needs to throw, he puts up big numbers. Mississippi State goes with run-heavy game plans many weeks, but Bumphis made up for lost time in the big games he has had, scoring 10 touchdowns on 49 catches this year while totaling 758 yards (15.5 YPC).
Bumphis is a speedy WR who really reached his potential as a Senior totaling 55 catches for 904 yards and 12 touchdowns. Bumphis has a solid build and possesses explosive agility. He has experience returning both kicks and punts, which should interest the teams. As far as draft stock is concerned Bumphis is a day three player, but should get a chance somewhere.
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Chad was arrested in his hometown of Tupelo early Sunday morning on January 1st 2012, and charged with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.
An Updated version of the story claims that Bumphis was arrested after being involved in an incident at the Atlanta Bar & Grill in downtown Tupelo. Several other people were arrested as well after the incident.
However, there is a competing narrative that sheds more light on the subject. The other side of the story seems to be an aberration on whether or not this kid is a bad boy or rather an unfortunate participant or victim as it were, of circumstance.
Chad battled through a broken collarbone that kept him out of the school’s Gator Bowl win over Michigan in 2010, but he has been a dominant performer in his last season and doesn’t seem to be setback from the injury.
Chad Bumphis Ga Tech Game Highlights
Chad Bumphis 82 yard punt return TD
Chad Bumphis Bumps Off a Defender
Bumphis, MSU’s career leader in receiving yards, is expected to play the slot receiver position at the next level. He has been mentored by former MSU (and Buffalo Bill) receiver Eric Moulds, who gave him pointers on what to work on for his future in the NFL.
If the Broncos select Chad Bumphis in or after the 2013 NFL Draft in April, it would state that he is the understudy and heir apparent to Brandon Stokley, who should return for one more season. The chance to observe and soak up knowledge from a savvy clutch receiver like Stokley would make strides for Bumphis and the Broncos future.
As yet, Bumphis hasn’t received a Combine invite. We should know about the invitation list pretty quickly though.
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