Breaking down the New England-area college UDFAs
|04.29.12 at 12:12 pm ET|
The NFL draft may be over, but there are a lot more transactions taking place this weekend as undrafted free agents become available for teams to pick up. Not many players from New England schools ending getting drafted this weekend, but there were a whole lot more signed as free agents later that night.
While some New England schools expected some of their players to sign with teams, other small schools like Endicott are surprising places for NFL teams to be looking for talent. Here’s the rundown of where players have been signed as of early Sunday morning, broken down by players per school.
FB/TE Emil Igwenagu — Eagles: The two-time team captain was the one Minuteman who was expected to be drafted this weekend. It turns out, though, that even though he received a combine invite, Igwenagu was too much of a tweener for a team to pick him up as a tight end or fullback. However, he gets a shot here with the Eagles.
OLB Tyler Holmes — Bears: The other two-time captain for the Minutemen, Holmes is a quick linebacker. Holmes was extremely productive for the Minutemen, recording over 100 tackles in three different seasons for the Minutemen and receiving many national FCS accolades.
G Josh Samuda — Dolphins: The 6-foot-3, 312 road grader started 11 games as a redshirt freshman at UMass and has remained a rock on the line since.
WR Julian Talley — Giants: The Giants sign another UMass receiver as an undrafted free agent, hoping he can emulate former undrafted UMass receiver Victor Cruz‘ breakout 2011 season. Talley was very productive during his final two seasons with the Minutemen and, while he doesn’t have Cruz’ speed, possesses more size and power as a receiver.
LS Travis Tripucka — Rams: Tripucka catches on with the Rams as a long snapper, hoping to have that skill set translate into an NFL career. Tripucka was also an exceptional defenseman for the UMass lacrosse program.
DE Kevin Eagan — Colts: This 6-foot-4, 274 pound defensive end from West Hartford, Conn. had an exceptional career for the Division III Gulls. Eagan, who led his team in tackles in all four seasons he played, recorded 104 tackles, 8.5 sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and a whopping 23 tackles for loss as a senior, earning ECAC defensive player of the year honors for his second year in a row.
LS/TE Taylor Allen — Jaguars: Another Gull catches on with a team, this time a 6-foot-5, 250 pound long snapper from Westboro, Mass. While Allen will look to catch on as a special teams ace, he did pull in 35 catches for 482 yards and six touchdowns as a tight end last season.
WR Kashif Moore — Bengals: Another player expected to be drafted, Moore still has potential as a slot threat in the NFL. He lacks ideal size, but Moore still has the ability to line up off the ball and use his elite speed to separate underneath and vertically.
CB Gary Wilburn — Titans: The 5-foot-11 prospect moved into a key role on the Husky defense as a senior, but didn’t have much production, recording just one pass breakup and one deflection. However, the Titans apparently saw enough upside in Wilburn to sign him as a free agent.
CB Donnie Fletcher — Jets: Fletcher was another unexpected draft snub. The former Eagle showed off decent athletic ability at the combine and potential as a physical zone-coverage defender in the NFL. However, Fletcher, who remains the only former BC player other than Luke Kuechly, was picked up quickly after the draft and was likely a top free agent pickup of the Jets
S Trevor Coston — Bears: Coston got to see his former Black Bears teammate, safety Jerron McMillian, get drafted by the Packers late in round four Saturday. Now, he gets to try his luck at making an NFL roster. Coston has exceptional speed like his former teammate, posting a 4.40-second 40-time and a 6.77-second 3-cone drill in workouts.
LB Sean Loiseau — Texans: Loiseau was picked up almost immediately after the draft by the Texans and was greeted right away by new teammate Brian Cushing on Twitter. Loiseau is a high-motor player that doesn’t possess elite talents but projects to contribute greatly on special teams.
T Kevin Murphy — 49ers: The former member of the Crimson comes in with prototypical size for an NFL tackle and is well-credentialed as an Ivy League player. Murphy is a two-year starter at left tackle and an All-Ivy first team selection as a senior.
WR Marc Wilson — Cardinals: Wilson did nothing but produce for the Division II Hawks, heading to the NFL after setting school career records in receiving yards (2,149), receptions (211), touchdown receptions (17), all-purpose yards (5,367), total touchdowns (30), total points (184), kick return yards (1,800) and kick return touchdowns (2).
G/T Jason Foster — Colts: The 6-foot-3, 298-pound former Ram comes to the Colts as a two-time all-CAA selection and might end up moving from tackle to guard in the NFL.
DE Brian McNally — Redskins: McNally is the Wildcats single-season sack record holder after his 13.5-sack junior season and went on to terrorize defenses as a senior captain as well. There are questions as to how his skill set will translate to the NFL level, but he will at least get a chance with the Redskins.
K Long Ding — Jaguars: A native of Qing Dao, China, Ding scores a deal after a solid senior year with the Division III Cadets. Ding finished the year 13-for-16 on field goal attempts for the Vermont-based school.