CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Tyrone Goard is not likely to flip on ESPN and see his name on any of Mel Kiper's "best available" lists over the final two days and six rounds of the NFL Draft.
That doesn't mean, however, that Goard isn't one of the best available.
The 2008 Capital High School graduate is projected to be selected in the late rounds of the NFL Draft, which continues today with the second and third rounds. The final four rounds are Saturday.
Goard will watch the coverage from a Charleston hotel room. He figures one of the teams he visited - Bengals, Panthers, 49ers, Dolphins, Patriots and Seahawks - will scoop him up with a late-round pick. If not, he'll surely latch on somewhere as an undrafted free agent.
"Hey, if I get drafted, it was meant to be," he said this week before flying back to his home state to watch the draft with family and friends.
"I just want a chance."
If Goard is overlooked, it won't be unprecedented.
He received nary an offer from a Football Bowl Subdivision program, although there was late interest from New Mexico State. Heck, the only West Virginia Conference program that pursued him was Shepherd.
Goard was prepared to go the junior college route before he landed at Eastern Kentucky, where he enjoyed a four-year career and finished among the school's all-time leaders in receiving yards (1,842) and touchdown catches (24).
Goard, who earned his degree in December, received a coveted invitation to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, where he impressed scouts and talent evaluators. Only three draft prospects at receiver are taller than the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Goard, and few matched his across-the-board measurables.
He owns the third-fastest 40-yard dash time (4.5 seconds) of any wide receiver draft prospect 6-4 or taller. In a database of 150 receiving prospects, he had more bench press repetitions (10) and fastest cone drill time than any player 6-4 or taller.
He has the 10th-best vertical jump of any receiver, regardless of height.