Sunday, April 30, 2017

7 UConn players getting shot at NFL

We're up to seven members of the 2016 UConn football team getting a chance to head to camp with NFL teams.

Safety Obi Melifonwu was the only one of the seven to get drafted as he went to the Oakland Raiders with the 56th overall pick. Since the draft ended yesterday, there's been plenty of interest for the other UConn seniors.

Cornerback John Green was signed by the Tennessee Titans, offensive tackle Andreas Knappe by the Atlanta Falcons, kicker Bobby Puyol by the Baltimore Ravens and receiver Noel Thomas by the Detroit Lions. Also, defensive tackle Mikal Myers and cornerback Jhavon Williams earned tryouts with  Baltimore and New Orleans respectively. I'm still waiting to hear about Matt Walsh and if he gets invited to camp as well.

All this activity could pale in comparison to what happens next year with Foley Fatukasi, Jamar Summers, Junior Joseph, Vontae Diggs, Tommy Myers, Alec Bloom, Arkeel Newsome, Cole Ormsby and Luke Carrezola among the players who could be on the radar of NFL teams.

Here are the positional rankings for UConn players via the CBS Sports 2018 NFL draft database. Positions listed as they are in the database and not necessarily where they will line up during their senior seasons at UConn

 8 Foley Fatukasi DT
10 Jamar Summers FS
20 Luke Carrezola DE
20 Tommy Myers TE
23 EJ Levenberry OLB
28 Junior Joseph ILB
31 Alec Bloom TE
34 Bryant Shirreffs, QB
49 Arkeel Newsome RB
50 Brice McAllister FS
75 Trey Rutherford OT
79 Vontae Diggs OLB
84 Cole Ormsby DE
88 Tommy Hopkins OG
95 Brendan Vechery, OG
101 Cam Stapleton OLB


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