May 22, 2014, 10:36 AM EDT
Nearly two weeks after the 2014 NFL Draft, a handful of former CAA Football studs have, in some form, joined NFL squads via free agency, been invited to attend mini-camps or already signed contracts to begin the next step of their professional careers.
The league had two players drafted during the draft’s three-day event from May 8-10 in Towson RB Terrance West and Maine DB Kendall James. West became Towson’s highest draft pick at No. 94 to the Cleveland Browns, though he has yet to ink a deal with the team yet. James, who was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round (pick No. 184) became the 15th Black Bear to be selected in the draft. On Friday, May 16 James officially signed a contract with the Vikings.
Those who were not drafted still have a chance to make a NFL roster, but like many, had to do so as undrafted free agents. Listed below are many of those players who either were invited to attend rookie camp, signed with a team or are currently still with a squad in some capacity following this year’s draft.
*Note that this list is subject to change and will be updated periodically over the next couple of weeks.
The Great Danes currently have one former standout who signed a deal with an NFL squad. OT Kadeem Williams agreed to terms with the Arizona Cardinals, becoming the 11th UAlbany player to ink a professional deal in the league.
DE Jordan Stanton joined the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent, along with Richmond DT Kerry Wynn, who also signed a deal. Two-time CAA Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Robertson joined Maine all-time sack leader Michael Cole, along with 36 other players reported by Comcast Sports, at the Washington Redskins’ rookie mini-camp tryout.
As mentioned above, Michael Cole tried out for the Washington Redskins during the team’s rookie mini-camp. James joined two other Minnesota draftees in signing a deal, rounding out the Vikings’ 2014 draft class. The Black Bears also had two other former standouts put the pen to paper with NFL teams. WR Derrick Johnson agreed to terms with the New England Patriots and TE Justin Perillo headed to Wisconsin to sign a deal with the Green Bay Packers.
The Seawolves did not have a player sign a contract thus far, but former DB Winston Longdon received an invite to the New York Jets’ rookie camp.
Besides West, the Tigers recently had two undrafted free agents join the Browns. OL Randall Harris and TE James Oboh inked deals on May 21. Former OL Eric Pike, another staple to the powerful TU O-line in 2013, came to terms with Indianapolis nearly one week ago. Former Tiger CB Jordan Love and Delaware safety Anthony Walters reportedly attended a mini-camp tryout for New England, according to NESN.
Cox, as previously mentioned, signed with the Vikings just after the draft. He caused plenty of headaches for opposing CAA Football offenses after starting all four years fr the Wildcats.
William & Mary:
CAA Football had had four players drafted in 2013 and now 28 student-athletes drafted in total since 2006. Former UD Blue Hen great Joe Flacco is still the highest conference player ever taken in the draft after the Baltimore Ravens chose him with the 18th pick in 2008.
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