NFL Gridiron Gab columnist Russ Loede did a great job detailing undrafted players that could have a strong impact on an NFL roster eventually. I would only add Northwestern’s athletic LB Quentin Davie, explosive Oregon CB Talmadge Jackson, Connecticut road grater G Zach Hurd, Auburn WR Darvin Adams, Kentucky WR Chris Matthews, Cincinnati WR Amon Binns and Wisconsin 72.9% completion-hurler QB Scott Tolzein to that list.
However, two players on that list are apparently considering signing contracts with the UFL after they got drafted last night – Boston College LB Mark Herzlich and Texas A&M QB Jerrod Johnson. Herzlich, a cancer survivor, was picked in the 10th round by the Omaha Nighthawks. Jerrod Johnson could be teamed up with Hartford head coach Jerry Glanville, who hasn’t received an answer on Josh McCown coming back. Of course, Colt Brennan would probably have the starting job over either of them if he were to sign with Hartford. Johnson was the first overall pick in the draft. This is Glanville’s first year with Hartford.
It’s a possibility that these players sign but they won’t be able to play on an NFL roster until the NFL season has started or unless an NFL team pays a fee. Most of the players appear to have been contacted by the UFL, and some including former Seahawk QB Mike Teel have taken to twitter and other media venues to express interest and/or excitement in playing.
People can complain all they want about UFL coverage here but – just like when I cover the CFL Draft later this week – it’s all about the opportunity for NFL fans to watch players that either did play in the NFL or may eventually. With a lockout, there shall be more NFL talent in these other professional leagues than ever before. Speaking of the CFL, Masoli worked out for the Edmonton Eskimos recently.
I, for one, am interested in seeing former Auburn running back Mario Fannin and former Middle Tennessee St. running back Phillip Tanner play for Las Vegas and Hartford respectively.
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