Malcolm Kelly’s stock falling?

March 17, 2008 1:40 PM

There was a time when those of us in the mock draft industry thought Oklahoma receiver Malcolm Kelly might go as high as No. 11 overall to the Buffalo Bills. But that was before Kelly decided to skip his pro day because of the thigh injury that also caused him to sit out his combine workouts.

I talked to an AFC scout last night who said that several teams were losing patience with Kelly, who will supposedly perform at a private workout in Norman on April 9. If he has an outstanding showing, Kelly could vault back into the top 20, but right now he’s fallen behind Cal’s DeSean Jackson and Michigan State’s Devin Thomas on many draft boards around the league.

“If the kid’s not going to work out, we’re not going to touch him in the first round,” said the scout. “He may be a star in the league for all I know, but he’s not doing himself any favors right now.”

Thomas didn’t do much at his pro day last week because he’d already posted a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash at the combine. He’ll visit with the Bills and Vikings this week. The Cowboys were hoping Thomas would still be on the board for their second pick at No. 28, but that’s probably out of the question now.

Kelly was involved in what may have been my favorite moment of the combine. A reporter rushed up to his podium to ask what it was like to grow up with parents who were mechanical engineers.

After a long pause, Kelly answered, “Well, my dad was a mechanic.”