May 13, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT
While four CAA Football standouts were selected in April’s NFL Draft – the league’s most selections since five in 2010 – we’re also proud to note that a number of other players from around the league will to join draft selections Jared Smith (UNH/Seattle), Cooper Taylor (UR/New York Giants), Earl Watford (JMU/Arizona) and B.W. Webb (W&M/Dallas) at the next level after locking up free agent contracts and minicamp invitations.
Already boasting seven alums on active NFL rosters, Delaware could have many as 10 players in the pros after three Blue Hens seniors recently signed rookie free agent contracts. Four-year starter and three-time all-conference LB Paul Worrilow signed with the Atlanta Falcons, DB Ricky Tunstall signed with the Cleveland Browns and CB Marcus Burley inked a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
A pair of Maine seniors now have their sights set on pro careers as well. Three-time all-conference LB – and first-teamer in 2012 – Donte Dennis secured an invitation to the St. Louis Rams’ minicamp, while CB Darlos James received an invite from the Detroit Lions. ’11 grad Trevor Coston, who signed with the Chicago Bears last preseason before later being released, signed a free agent deal with the Lions.
New Hampshire has announced that 2011 Buck Buchanan Award Winner and all-time school tackles leader Matt Evans may be staying close to home after receiving an invite to the New England Patriots’ minicamp. He and RB turned CB Dontra Peters accepted offers to attend the Philadelphia Eagles’ minicamp this month as well.
Rhode Island TE Joe Migliarese became the fifth Ram in three seasons to get a look at the next level with his invite to try out at the Baltimore Ravens’ minicamp. After spending the last two seasons with Atlanta, Rhody career tackles leader Matt Hansen (’10) was invited to the New York Jets minicamp.
Richmond was well represented in the days after the draft as two-time All-American FB Kendall Gaskins signed with the Buffalo Bills and QB John Laub locked up an invite from the Lions. This past week it was also reported that former Spider signal caller Aaron Corp (’11) finalized a deal with the Dallas Cowboys.
The Towson trio of DE Frank Beltre, safety Jordan Dangerfield and WR Gerrard Sheppard have signed free agent contracts as well. Beltre inked a deal with the San Diego Chargers, while Dangerfield and Sheppard followed suit with Buffalo and Baltimore, respectively. Their classmate in QB Grant Enders could again find himself playing close to home after getting a minicamp invite from the Ravens. Coincidentally, Enders connected with Sheppard for a long touchdown pass on the final play of Baltimore’s minicamp.
A former freshman walk-on and an Academic All-Conference team member in 2012, Villanova LS Adam Nelson also got the call and was invited to attend the Kansas City Chiefs’ minicamp. William and Mary saw some action after the draft as well, as ’10 grad Bryan Jean-Pierre was picked up by the Carolina Panthers.
A pair of Georgia State players in RB Donald Russell and TE Emmanuel Ogbuehi also came away with opportunities when they received minicamp invites from Atlanta and Washington, respectively. Old Dominion followed suit with two players looking to make the most of post-collegiate opportunities. The school leader in practically every defensive career statistical category, LB Craig Wilkins signed with the Seattle Seahawks, while DT Chris Burnette followed suit with the Miami Dolphins.
We should note that league newcomers UAlbany and Stony Brook also had five combined players get the call after the draft. Two Great Dane seniors in LB Jon Morgan and TB Drew Smith signed free agent deals with Detroit and Buffalo, respectively, while the Seawolves saw All-American RB Miguel Maysonet sign with Philadelphia, WR Kevin Norrell sign with Buffalo and safety Cedrick Moore secure a minicamp invite from Green Bay.
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