Bulging disk delays NFL opportunity for UTC's Keionta Davis

Defensive lineman Toyvian Brand, Keionta Davis and Vantrell McMillan, from left, participate in the first day of football practice for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Keionta Davis held out hope, although he pretty much knew the outcome.

The former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga All-America defensive end, projected as an NFL draft pick in possibly any of the final five rounds, hoped he would hear his name called last week. He hoped somebody would roll the dice. He held a party Friday evening at Southside Social and even had a celebration Saturday.

But he knew.

He knew about the bulging disk in his neck, and he knew that NFL teams knew. It had pretty much made him off limits to NFL teams, although a couple were still interested in possibly bringing him in as a free agent.