After seven rounds, all but one of UConn’s NFL Draft hopefuls, including Noel Thomas, Mikal Myers, Andreas Knappe, Jhavon Williams and others, will be taking the undrafted free agent route to pursue their professional dreams.
Thomas seemed to be the leading candidate of that crew to be drafted, as the only other Husky invited to the combine besides 2nd-round pick Obi Melifonwu. Knappe and Williams were the only other ones on Mel Kiper’s Big Board while Myers received some love from analysts and was viewed as someone who may have had an outside shot.
In today’s NFL, the undrafted free agent route arguably has more potential than it ever has before. With the league skewing younger and the evergreen threat of injuries, undrafted players are increasingly making an impact on teams early in their careers.
Recent examples include former Husky Andrew Adams, who was undrafted but ended up starting at safety for the Giants as a rookie.
So while going undrafted is certainly a disappointment for those listed above along with guys like Matt Walsh, Bobby Puyol, and John Green, it does allow them to find a better situation to walk into. Most coaches do their best to have an agnostic approach to camp competitions against drafted players and others. They typically just want the best football player.
We’ll be updating below as the news comes in as to where these players will be signing.
OT - Andreas Knappe
WR - Noel Thomas Jr.
The Connecticut native will be heading to Detroit after reaching an agreement with the Lions.
K - Bobby Puyol
The Huskies’ reliable kicker is off to Baltimore where he will be signing with the Ravens.
CB - John Green
The speedster cornerback will show off his athleticism in Tennessee after reaching an agreement with the Titans.
CB - Jhavon Williams
A three-year starter at corner for the Huskies, Williams received an invite to minicamp with the New Orleans Saints.