Saturday, May 2, 2015

Jayhawks land NFL deals


Although only three Kansas University football products heard their names called during the NFL Draft on Saturday, a number of their fellow Jayhawks signed free-agent deals in the hours that followed.

Wide receiver Nigel King, who left KU early after his junior season to turn pro, reached an agreement with Miami.

Edge rusher and linebacker Michael Reynolds signed with Tampa Bay, home of former KU standout Bradley McDougald.

Wide receiver Nick Harwell, who played one season as a Jayhawk after transferring from Miami (Ohio), got a deal with Dallas.

Speed demon Tony Pierson, who played both running back and receiver at Kansas, joined Chicago.

Safety Cassius Sendish took an offer from Cleveland.

In the draft, Oakland selected linebacker Ben Heeney (fifth round) and cornerback Dexter McDonald (seventh round). In the sixth round, Philadelphia picked JaCorey Shepherd.

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Dirk Medema 7 years, 3 months ago

While they're not high picks or anything like that, when was the last time we had this many players sign with NFL teams? Will we be hearing about more in the days ahead? Mundine? Reynolds?

It's crazy to think that if Johnson has a good year at USC next year, that our entire DB's will/might be pro's.

It would seem to indicate that things are heading in the right direction (+), but also crazy to think about how much talent is being lost from a 3 W team (-).

Mike Barnhart 7 years, 3 months ago

So, in essence, the worst team in the big 12 is replacing a bunch of NFL talent with a bunch of walk-ons! Thanks again, Charlie!

Gregor Southard 7 years, 3 months ago

San Diego, Oakland, Denver, Tampa Bay. Why does it seem like all KU players end up with teams I hate? :(

Michael Lorraine 7 years, 3 months ago

Makes Turner Gill look a lot better. Let’s see how the draft plays out the next two seasons before we pass final judgment on Charlie Weis.

Joseph Bullock 7 years, 3 months ago

You are absolutely right, Michael. Gill came in after all the controversy with Mangino, and never got a fair chance. His players always played their hearts out for him (unlike with Weis)! You need 4 or 5 years to turn a program around. Most of those who wanted Gill fired, either don't know a lot about football, or wanted him fired for the 'wrong reasons'! By the way, Mangino should not have been let go, either! But I'm very happy with Beaty (especially since Bowen stayed on), and I also like our assistant coaches!

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