After being selected in the NFL Draft, a quartet of Longhorns will still be joined in the NFL by their undrafted teammates.
Texas led the state in draftees this year as offensive lineman Connor Williams, linebacker Malik Jefferson, punter Michael Dickson and safety DeShon Elliott were taken over the course of the seven-round draft. Texas, however, had 16 players work out at its pro timing day in March. That left plenty of Longhorns to sign with NFL teams as undrafted free agents.
The Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year and the back bone to one of the top run defenses in the country will take his services to Seattle Seahawks. Nothing has coming easy for the big man.@PoonaF_95 will do what he always do…
Excited to see him at the next level…#UTDLine pic.twitter.com/QhJ0zCDDsYAdvertisement
— Oscar Giles (@OscarGiles95) April 28, 2018
Per source, CB Holton Hill, who was seen as a scheme fit for SF, is signing with the #Vikings.
— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) April 28, 2018
Texas assistant coach Oscar Giles announced that defensive tackle Poona Ford has signed with Seattle. Cornerback Holton Hill, meanwhile, will reportedly go to Minnesota. Hill and Ford had both been linked to various mock drafts, but questions about Ford’s size and Hill’s off-field issues apparently caught up with the prospects.
On Saturday, Texas defensive backs Antwuan Davis and Jason Hall both told the American-Statesman they had also reached free agent deals. Hall will join Ford in Seattle, which drafted Dickson on Saturday and already has Texas Exes Earl Thomas, Marcus Johnson and Tyrone Swoopes on its roster. Davis will head to Detroit, which employs former UT defensive back Quandre Diggs in its secondary.
— Jeff Howe (@JeffHowe247) April 29, 2018
Like Hill, Texas receiver Armanti Foreman also reportedly signed with Minnesota. Linebacker Naashon Hughes, who was a team captain this past season, will attempt to catch on with Green Bay.
Last month, Foreman said he would use Johnson as an example if he wasn’t drafted. Johnson signed with Philadelphia as an undrafted free agent in 2015, but ended up winning playing time and a Super Bowl ring. Foreman’s twin, D’Onta, was chosen by Houston in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
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