Heading into Day Three of the NFL draft, things were looking up for Jake Murphy.
Seven tight ends had been taken in the first three rounds — and one of those, Cal's Richard Rodgers, had received reviews similar to Murphy's.
Day Three was brutal.
Only three tight ends were chosen Saturday, and Murphy wasn't one of them. That meant Utah's sure-handed junior, who at 24 decided to declare with a year of eligibility remaining, would have to make his way via undrafted free agency.
"Basically it's like college recruiting all over again, except more sped up," said Murphy, who estimates he fielded rapid-fire calls from between 10 and 15 teams. "Every coach is calling you trying to sell you on why you should come there as an undrafted free agent ... telling you about who they have on the roster and the offense that they run."