The Rest of the Draft Eligible Cards
Caleb Chandler – Senior – OL – 6’4 – 297 Draft Expectation: 6th Round – Undrafted
Caleb Chandler became the first Cardinal to receive first team All-ACC honors, after he started all 13 games and was the leading lineman for a team that averaged more than 200 rushing yards per game.
Despite an impressive senior season, not many in draft circles are talking about Chandler. Pro Football Focus has him ranked as their 222nd prospect, but, beyond that, there isn’t much buzz for the ever consistent interior lineman.
I’m kind of surprised he didn’t receive an invite to the Senior Bowl, Shrine Bowl, or the NFL Combine. The man allowed no sacks for his entire senior year, and the lack of recognition doesn’t bode well for him. He’ll need to make a splash at Louisville’s pro day next week, but for now I’m unsure where, or even if, he gets drafted in April. I think he could be a solid backup/depth lineman at the next level, so I hope he gets his shot.
Trevor Reid – Senior – OT – 6’5 – 307 Lbs. Draft Expectation: 7th Round – Undrafted
Trevor Reid was a staple on the left side of Louisville’s offensive line this year. He started in all 13 of Louisville’s games and did a good job of keeping the pocket clean for whoever was under center last year.
2022 was the first and only season of productive college football for him, which, I think, hurts him when it comes to his draft outlook.
He didn’t get invited to the NFL combine, but he did show off a bit at Shrine Bowl practices.
Reid is another guy I’m not seeing much on. He seems to be a solid lineman, but he doesn’t posses elite size, strength, or athleticism that might tempt an NFL team to draft him early. I’d expect him to not hear his name called this year, however CBS Sports has him ranked as the 224th best prospect in this year’s draft, so there’s a chance he gets selected late in the draft.
Marshon Ford – TE – Junior – 6’2 – 240 – Draft Expectation: Undrafted
Marshon Ford will be a dearly missed Louisville Cardinal. He was so reliable over the past few years, and I really wish Louisville would have gotten the ball in his hands more.
The Louisville native had a strong 2021 season with nearly 50 receptions and 550 yards, but his numbers declined last year, and that killed his draft stock.
The former walk-on can do so much more than his numbers showed, though. For example, he was a great lead blocker out of the backfield.
I doubt he hears his name called in the NFL Draft this year, but I strongly believe he could have a career in the NFL. His consistent hands and ability to block gives him a shot to make any NFL roster. Here’s to hoping we see more of this at the next level.