Dodging the draft. It's something you might here in a Vietnam-era family story, but its never happened in the NFL. However, it's the position Stony Brook offensive tackle Michael Bamiro finds himself in. He was hoping the NCAA would grant an extension to his eligibility, but it was denied. The result: He didn't enter April's draft, his college football career is over, and he can't enter the supplemental draft, as he's not an underclassman.
On paper Bamiro isn't dissimilar to Panthers' 4th round pick Edmund Kugbila. A 6'7, 336 pound offensive tackle, who has experience at guard. He's a small-school hog mollie, in a region of the nation that Dave Gettleman knows well -- and where he has plenty of connections.
It was believed Bamiro would be selected anywhere from the 4th to 6th round in 2014, depending on how his final season went at Stony Brook. Given the Panthers' needs on the offensive line he'd be a no-risk addition, and blocked for two 1,000 yard running backs while playing right tackle.
There are multiple teams that will try and seek his services, but few can offer a chance at competing the way Carolina can. Byron Bell's place as a starter is not set in stone, and if signed now Bamiro could be ready in time for training camp.