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Eight Knights Land with NFL Teams After the Draft

UDFA Season is underway

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Mac Loudermilk will compete to join the Buccaneers’ roster.
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With the 2019 NFL Draft now in the books, now comes probably the busiest part of the year for following former UCF Knights: the rush to sign undrafted free agents. While Trysten Hill was the only Knight to hear his name called this weekend in Nashville, several Knights locked up either free agent contracts or try-outs with NFL teams in the hours after the conclusion of the draft.

We track them all here:


RB Taj McGowan: New York Giants or Jacksonville Jaguars

According to Jason Beede of 247Knights, RB Taj McGowan has been invited to minicamps by both the Giants and the Jaguars:

Analysis

Both places are interesting fits, as Taj would be behind either Leonard Fournette in Jacksonville or Saquon Barkley in New York.

Highlights

Pro Day


OL Wyatt Miller: New York Jets

Wyatt Miller is definitely heading north, as he has signed with the New York Jets:

Analysis

Miller should definitely be in the mix to shore up the Jets’ offensive line, which was graded as the worst offensive line in football according to Football Outsiders.

Pro Day


WR Dredrick Snelson: Jacksonville Jaguars

While it appears Dredrick Snelson’s decision to leave UCF may have been a miscalculation, he will at least get a chance with the Jaguars as a rookie free agent signing:

Analysis

Snelson’s talent has always been apparent but his biggest challenge is making himself stand out among other pro wideouts with similar build and speed. That won’t get any easier going up against the likes of Dede Westbrook, Marquise Lee, DJ Chark and Chris Conley, among whomever else the Jags decide to invite to camp.

Highlights


K Matthew Wright: Pittsburgh Steelers

Matty Ice is heading to equally-cold Pittsburgh:

Analysis

The long-running joke is that Pittsburgh is where kickers go to die, as the Steelers’ kicking woes through the years have been well-documented. Chris Boswell was a dreadful 13/20 last year, and while Matthew McCrane did not miss in the season finale, he kicked for three teams last season alone. So if Wright can prove himself on the dreadful turf of Heinz Field, we may very well see him quite often on Sundays.

Highlights

Pro Day


P Mac Loudermilk: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Viking will compete to become a Buccaneer at rookie minicamp:

Analysis

It’s just a minicamp invitation, but if Mac can impress the Bucs’ staff, he might get a look. Incumbent Bryan Anger has been solidly average by NFL standards at about 45 yards per kick last year, so if Mac pulls a reverse Samson, he has an outside shot at either unseating Anger or at least showing off his wares for someone else to give him a job.

Highlights

Pro Day


DB Rashard Causey: Atlanta Falcons

Rashard was the first Knight to tout his new destination, breaking the news almost immediately after the draft ended that he has signed with Atlanta:

Analysis

Rashard is originally from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, an NFL factory in itself. NFL teams are always in need of DBs. Interestingly, DB Robert Alford is gone from the Falcons and fellow UCF alum Kemal Ishmael has moved to LB. So as long as Causey brings his A-game to camp, he’s in a prime position to at least get consideration for a roster spot.

Highlights

Pro Day


DB Kyle Gibson: Baltimore Ravens

Arguably UCF’s most talented DB is getting a camp invite with a franchise for whom defense their calling card:

Analysis

It’s a total overhaul in Baltimore’s secondary with three free agent signings (Tony Jefferson, Brandon Carr and Earl Thomas). But like with Causey in Atlanta, talent is talent, and NFL teams always seem to need DBs as much or more than any other position. Should he latch on, he’ll be a great fit.

Highlights

Pro Day


TE Michael Colubiale: Jacksonville Jaguars

COUBS! He’s joining Dredrick Snelson in Duval, although it’s a rookie camp invite:

Analysis

It’s really hard to say whether Jacksonville sees Coubs as a WR or TE, and they already have five TEs listed on the depth chart. But they’ve been interested for a while, and there’s probably a good reason for that.

Highlights

Pro Day


We’re still waiting for news on Titus Davis, Pat Jasinski, Joey Connors and A.J. Wooten. We’ll will keep you posted on new UDFA signings as the news merits.