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NFL Draft Recap: Two UConn players picked in NFL Draft

Another three will be in camp with teams as tryout players or undrafted free agents.

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UConn Football's NFL chapter added a few new members this weekend, starting with Byron Jones, who became the first defensive player from UConn to be picked in the first round. He joins a prominent group of Husky defensive backs in the league. You will also see from articles and comments that Cowboys fans are really, REALLY excited about him.

On Saturday afternoon, the Giants selected Geremy Davis in the sixth round. With such a huge contingent of UConn fans who are also Giants fans, it would be great to see him become a productive player on what is the closest thing to a local NFL team as we have in Connecticut.

B.J. McBryde signed as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Pennsylvania native will have a chance to make it with the team which showed him some attention in the pre-draft process.

Offensive lineman Alex Mateas and linebacker Reuben Frank will have tryouts with the New York Jets and Detroit Lions, respectively.


Byron Jones

ESPN Video Breakdown: Dallas Cowboys pick cornerback Byron Jones
"Jones might not be a day-one starter, but he will be a day-one contributor."

Brian Koonz: Byron Jones gives New Britain a real role model - StamfordAdvocate
"(Byron Jones) walked into a gym and instantly owned the place. Not because he was famous. Not because he was going to have a nice payday. Byron Jones won this school over with his integrity and honesty."

Blogging The Boys: The Depth Chart At Defensive Back After The Byron Jones Pick
Now that the Cowboys have corner Byron Jones, where does he fit into their plans in the secondary?

Cowboys not blinded by Byron Jones’ combine stats | The Star Telegram The Star Telegram
"Jones was simply too good of a prospect that helped them fill a dire need at cornerback."

Cowboys select combine standout cornerback Byron Jones with 27th pick | ProFootballTalk
"Jones fills a substantial need for the Cowboys."

Pre-Draft Consensus Saw Cowboy's Byron Jones As First-Rounder - Blogging The Boys
We did a quick scan of 38 mock drafts of 2015 to find out where exactly the mock draft community had Byron Jones ranked.

NFL Draft Grades: Byron Jones Is A "Great Get." - Blogging The Boys
A review of the draft grades the Cowboys have received so far for their first-round pick.

Geremy Davis

ESPN Video Breakdown: Giants draft WR Geremy Davis in sixth round
A few quick thoughts on the New York Giants' sixth-round draft pick.

Geremy Davis: Scouting report on Giants' newest wide receiver |
Everything you need to know about the Giants newest receiver.

How did the Giants do on Day 3? - Big Blue View
How did the Giants do on the last day of the draft?

New York Giants select UConn WR Geremy Davis in Round 6 - Big Blue View
Jerry Reese grabs a wide receiver to add to the mix for the Giants.


From Beaver Falls to NFL for McBryde, Thomas -
Former Beaver Falls teammates B.J. McBryde and Todd Thomas another step closer to dream of reaching NFL.

Ottawa lineman Mateas invited to New York Jets’ rookie mini camp | Ottawa Citizen
Alex Mateas of Ottawa, an offensive lineman at the University of Connecticut, has been invivted to a New York Jets rookie mini camp as an unsigned and undrafted free agent.