The 2018 NFL Draft came and went with one UConn player selected, Foley Fatukasi by the New York Jets in the 6th Round. For the rest of the Huskies with professional aspirations, they’ll have to try to catch on as undrafted free agents or perhaps look to the CFL.
Tight end Tommy Myers has signed with the New Orleans Saints, per the New Haven Register’s Jim Fuller. The 6-foot-5 Coventry, CT native had a promising sophomore campaign and then went criminally underutilized in the offensive schemes of the numerous coordinators and position coaches he had to work with over the next two seasons. A great athlete with upside, Myers certainly has potential to be a contributor somewhere.
Defensive back Jamar Summers signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Once considered UConn’s leading prospect in this class, Summers was also unable to progress after a great sophomore season where he grabbed eight interceptions as a cornerback. He had just three more over the next two years and was getting beat deep a bunch. The Orange, NJ native may have a chance at the next level as a safety, but he’ll have to work on his tackling and awareness to make that transition.
Linebacker Junior Joseph signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, per Instagram. A consistent and productive defender, Joseph can bring a reliable presence and intelligence to the position. Playing a position where deep roster guys can get a shot if injuries pile up, so perhaps the Pennsylvania native can break through.
Fellow LB Vontae Diggs received a minicamp invite from the Washington Redskins. The Downers Grove, IL product who has overcome remarkable odds gets a chance to continue the pursuit of his dreams in the nation’s capital. An athletic defender who played all four years at UConn, Diggs will bring experience and character to whatever team he plays for.
Former Husky quarterback Tim Boyle, who transferred to Eastern Kentucky after three years at UConn, signed with the Green Bay Packers. The former Xavier High (CT) standout started all 11 games for EKU as a redshirt senior, throwing for 2134 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Offensive lineman Trey Rutherford has reportedly turned down NFL offers to focus on the Canadian Football league, where he could be a high draft pick.
Canadian OL Trey Rutherford from UConn is declining #NFL mini-camp invited to focus on the #CFLDraft. Ranked #4 on CFL Scouting Bureau rankings.— Farhan Lalji (@FarhanLaljiTSN) April 29, 2018
With Hunter & Shepley signing UDFA deals in NFL, expect Rutherford to be picked in top 2 on May 3
Tight end Alec Bloom will head to the Arizona Cardinals’ camp. Like Myers, Bloom was underutilized during his time at UConn and will hopefully show his abilities in camp.
Excited to announce I will sign with the Arizona Cardinals! I can’t thank the @AZCardinals organization enough for this opportunity.— Alec Bloom (@alecbloom86) April 30, 2018
Hybrid linebacker/defensive end Luke Carrezola will get a shot in mini-camp with the Kansas City Chiefs. They employ a 3-4 front, which fits the Longhorne, PA better than last season’s 3-3-5 did.
Cole Ormsby will join former UConn defensive back Blidi Wreh-Wilson in Atlanta after the Falcons extended the Windsor, CT native a mini-camp invitation.