No bites on Jeanty

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:42 AM ET

Despite the interest a handful of NFL teams showed in Rashad Jeanty, the Edmonton Eskimos defensive end didn't get the call he was waiting for yesterday.

The final four rounds of the NFL draft passed by in New York without the 22-year-old getting his name thrown up on the selection board.

In the days leading up to the draft, Jeanty fielded inquiries from teams including San Francisco, Houston and Philadelphia but none took a gamble on the six-foot-three, 230-pounder.

"I'm a little bit disappointed," said Jeanty. "As a kid, I grew up dreaming of being drafted, but unfortunately it didn't happen.

"I guess I feel it's somewhat of a slap in the face.

"It's kind of frustrating to be contacted and thinking you might have the opportunity."

The snubbing might just be the catalyst to a big CFL season for Jeanty, tabbed to be a starter in the Esks' rush attack.

"I feel they made a big mistake," Jeanty added.

"I feel I've got the potential to play down south, so I'll just continue to do everything I'm doing on and off the field. I'm happy to be an Eskimo."

Jeanty, who had 49 tackles and five sacks for Edmonton in 2004, was eligible for the NFL draft after leaving the University of Central Florida after just two seasons and coming to the Eskimos.

The Miami native, a third team Freshman All-American in 2001, flunked out of school as his academics suffered due to family concerns at home.


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