Published April 29, 2012
Philadelphia, PA – Undrafted free agents started to come to terms with NFL teams shortly after the conclusion of the three-day draft Saturday evening.
Furman cornerback Ryan Steed, one of the more surprising undrafted players from the FCS, joined the New York Jets. JBScouting.com reported Steed was not taken in the draft because of past medical concerns.
Two of Steed's Furman teammates also signed free agent contracts with teams. Offensive tackle Ryan Lee went to the Pittsburgh Steelers and linebacker Kadarron Anderson inked a contract with the New Orleans Saints.
Old Dominion defensive tackle Ronnie Cameron, the 2011 CAA Football Defensive Player of the Year, came to terms with the Chicago Bears.
Two other CAA standouts, Massachusetts linebacker Tyler Holmes and Maine safety Trevor Coston, also signed with the Bears, as did wide receivers Chris Summers of Liberty and Terriun Crump of Western Illinois.
Among other wide receivers, Missouri State's Jermaine Saffold agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns, Montana State's Elvis Akpla picked the Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Tech's Tim Benford signed with the Dallas Cowboys, Massachusetts's Julian Talley joined the New York Giants, Lamar's Marcus Jackson signed with the Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Packers brought in South Dakota State's Dale Moss.
Richmond quarterback Aaron Corp signed with the Buffalo Bills and his trusted wide receiver, Tre Gray, picked the Arizona Cardinals. Sacramento State defensive end Zack Nash also joined the Cardinals.
Massachusetts fullback Emil Igwenagu agreed to terms with the Eagles and New Hampshire defensive end Brian McNally agreed to join the Washington Redskins, while James Madison defensive end/linebacker D.J. Bryant and running back Jonathan Grimes came to terms with the Houston Texans, as did Grambling State wide receiver Mario Louis.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, always busy with FCS players on draft day, signed tight end Matt Veldman from 2011 FCS champion North Dakota State, offensive guard D.J. Hall from Texas State, linebackers Donovan Richard of South Carolina State, Ryan Davis of Bethune-Cookman and Julian Stanford of Wagner, and defensive back Dontrell Johnson of Murray State.
Appalachian State cornerback DeAndre Presley, the former quarterback, picked the San Diego Chargers. His teammate, versatile running back Travaris Cadet, signed with the Saints.
Monmouth safety Jose Gumbs and Georgia Southern cornerback Laron Scott also signed with the Saints, while Colgate running back Nate Eachus joined the Kansas City Chiefs.
Jacksonville State cornerback A.J. Davis (Saints), running back Calvin Middleton (St. Louis Rams) and defensive end Monte Lewis (Redskins) all agreed to contracts.
Montana's signings included offensive tackle Jon Opperud to the Seattle Seahawks, wide receiver Jabin Sambrano to the Indianapolis Colts and kicker Brody McKnight to the Jets.
The Seahawks also signed Portland State defensive tackle Myles Wade and safety DeShawn Shead, the Jets agreed to a deal with Jackson State linebacker Donavan Robinson, Hampton cornerback Micah Pellerin picked the Colts and Eastern Kentucky cornerback Jeremy Caldwell went to the Rams.
McNeese State cornerback Janzen Jenkins came to terms with the Giants. Stephen F. Austin linebacker Stephen Choice and center/guard Georgia Bias signed with the Rams and Tennessee Titans, respectively.
McNeese State quarterback Nathan Dick, Prairie View A&M defensive end Adrian Hamilton and Columbia offensive tackle Jeff Adams were scooped up by the Cowboys.
Running back Jewel Hampton, who left Southern Illinois as a junior-eligible prospect, and Harvard offensive tackle Kevin Murphy signed with the San Francisco 49ers.
Weber State offensive guard J.C. Oram and William & Mary tight end Alex Gottlieb joined the Detroit Lions.
The Baltimore Ravens, who drafted three FCS players in the first four rounds, signed Morgan State tight end Lamont Bryant.
From the Ohio Valley Conference, Tennessee State linebacker Rico Council signed with the Falcons.