Undrafted FCS players get shot at NFL
(STATS) – If the start of the NFL draft is like Christmas morning to many NFL teams, then the post-holiday bargain shopping starts instantly after its conclusion.
Undrafted players from the FCS were among those in demand as soon as the three-day draft ended Saturday evening.
The signings of top-rated undrafted FCS players included Southern Utah defensive end James Cowser with the Oakland Raiders, Illinois State running back Marshaun Coprich with the New York Giants, Harvard tight end Ben Braunecker with the Chicago Bears, Liberty quarterback Josh Woodrum with the New York Giants and Stony Brook outside linebacker Victor Ochi with the Baltimore Ravens.
Going undrafted can be an advantage for a player who has multiple free agents offers and can pick a team that offers a favorable situation for him.
Following are many of the FCS players who have signed, agreed to terms or accepted a tryout with an NFL team. The list will continue to grow as teams head toward rookie minicamps this month.
Arizona Cardinals: Luke Albers, TE, North Dakota State; Clay DeBord, OT, Eastern Washington; Danny Dillon, LS, Campbell; Chris King, WR, Duquesne; Steven Rivers, QB, Northwestern State; Hakeem Vales, WR, Monmouth
Atlanta Falcons: Devonte Johnson, CB, Weber State; Jeremy Kelly, OG, North Dakota State; Brett McMakin, LB, Northern Iowa; Will Ratelle, LB/FB, North Dakota; Alex Ross, QB, Coastal Carolina; Brandon Williams, OLB, Southern Illinois
Baltimore Ravens: Daniel Adams, WR, Saint Francis; Anthony Fabiano, C, Harvard; O.J. Mau, DT, Gardner-Webb; Kyle Nolan, QB, Georgetown; Victor Ochi, OLB, Stony Brook; Patrick Onwuasor, SS, Portland State; Michael Pierce, DT, Samford; John Robertson, QB, Villanova
Carolina Panthers: Andrew Bonnet, FB/TE, North Dakota State
Chicago Bears: Ben Braunecker, TE, Harvard; Dan Buchholz, OL, Duquesne; Don Cherry, LB, Villanova; Ben LeCompte, P, North Dakota State; Darrin Peterson, WR, Liberty; R.J. Rickert, TE, Northern Arizona
Cincinnati Bengals: Dy'Shawn Mobley, RB, Eastern Kentucky; John Weidenaar, OT, Montana State
Dallas Cowboys: Chris Brown, QB/WR, Cal Poly; Ed Eagan, WR/RS, Northwestern State; Andy Jones, WR, Jacksonville; Deon King, LB, Norfolk State
Denver Broncos: Lars Hanson, OT, Sacramento State; Aaron Neary, OG, Eastern Washington; Anthony Norris, TE, Southern Utah; Kalif Raymond, WR, Holy Cross; Sadat Sulleyman, LB, Portland State
Detroit Lions: Adam Fuehne, TE, Southern Illinois; Cole Wick, TE, Incarnate Word
Green Bay Packers: Makinton Dorleant, CB, Northern Iowa; Warren Gatewood, CB, Alcorn State; Savon Huggins, RB, Northern Iowa; Tyler Kuder, DT, Idaho State
Houston Texas: Tyrell Blanks, WR, Coastal Carolina
Indianapolis Colts: Brock Miller, P, Southern Utah; Ammon Olsen, QB, Southern Utah; Adam Redmond, OT, Harvard; Chester Rogers, WR, Grambling State
Kansas City Chiefs: Trent Coles, CB, Duquesne; Brandon Eakins, WR, The Citadel; Herbert Gamboa, LB, Montana; Keyen Lage, LB, South Dakota; Garrick Mayweather Jr., OL, Fordham; Troymaine Pope, RB, Jacksonville State; Christian Reeves, WR, Williams & Mary; Trey Wesley, S, Samford
Los Angeles Rams: Paul McRoberts, WR, Southeast Missouri State; Pace Murphy, OL, Northwestern State
Miami Dolphins: Akil Blount, LB, Florida A&M
Minnesota Vikings: Edwin Young, CB, Northern Iowa
New Orleans Saints: Anthony Pistelli, PK, Samford
New York Giants: Marshaun Coprich, RB, Illinois State; Greg Milhouse Jr., DT, Campbell; Josh Woodrum, QB, Liberty
New York Jets: Terron Beckham, RB, Lafayette; Damian Love, OL, Alabama State; Helva Matungulu, DT, Western Carolina
Oakland Raiders: James Cowser DE/OLB, Southern Utah; Antonio Hamilton, S, South Carolina State; Drew Iddings, DE, South Dakota; Ben Madon, TE, Eastern Kentucky; Ryan O'Malley, TE, Penn; Terran Vaughn, OL, Stephen F. Austin; Byron Williams, OL, Stephen F. Austin;
Philadelphia Eagles: Bruce Johnson, C, Maine; C.J. Smith, CB, North Dakota State; Myke Tavarres, LB, Incarnate Word
Pittsburgh Steelers: Jacob Huesman, QB, Chattanooga; Cory Magwood, LB, Furman; Devaunte Sigler, DT, Jacksonville State
San Diego Chargers: Kameron Canaday, LS, Portland State; Jamaal Jones, WR, Montana; Chris Landrum, DE/OLB, Jacksonville State; Tre Roberson, WR/DB, Illinois State
San Francisco 49ers: John Lunsford, PK, Liberty
Seattle Seahawks: Devin Fosselman; WR, Jackson State; David Perkins, DE/OLB, Illinois State; Denzel Thompson, FS, Southeastern Louisiana
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Kozlakowski, DE/OLB, Maine; Luke Rhodes, LB, William & Mary
Tennessee Titans: Nick Richter, OT, Richmond; Ben Roberts, WR, Montana
Washington Redskins: Tevin Carter, S, Southern Utah; Teddy Corwin, DE/OLB, Illinois State; Reggie Diggs, WR, Richmond; Johnta' Hebert, RB, Prairie View A&M; David Jones, RB, Portland State; Anthony Lanier, LB, Alabama A&M