Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 4/24/13
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict can relate to every negative emotion that will be felt by hopeful college prospects not chosen in this week's NFL Draft. He also is a prime example of why those players shouldn't necessarily give up on their gridiron dreams. Burfict's own draft-day experience was so hurtful that he says those memories "are pretty much in the trash." It's better that way considering Burfict's football future at this point last year looked like garbage. You name it, Burfict had screwed it up. He was projected as one of college football's top linebackers entering the 2011 season. Then came a series of unsettling incidents both on and off the field at Arizona State followed by mediocre pre-draft workouts and a failed drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine. The 2012 draft concluded without Burfict being one of the 253 players selected. Only three teams even expressed interest in signing him as a college free agent. Burfict took Cincinnati's minimum-sala...
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