Not a single Cincinnati player was drafted over the last three days. It was the first time since 2006 that UC threw up a goose egg in the NFL Draft. It could be worse, though. The Bearcats could be in the same situation as Texas who broke a streak that dated back until 1937 of having at least one player selected in the NFL Draft. Considering the rich history of that program, not having one Longhorn called in 256 chances really has to sting.
But it’s not all disappointing news for UC. Several Cincinnati players signed undrafted free agent deals after the completion of the draft. Based on recent history, they might even be better off going this route. Take 2013, for example. Tight end Travis Kelce was the only Bearcat drafted and wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins went undrafted to the New England Patriots. But it was KT who had the markedly better season, catching 32 passes for 466 yards and 4 touchdowns for the Pats. Kelce, meanwhile, barely saw the field.
So you just never know. The full list of signees and their new teams are below. Offensive guards Sam Longo and Austen Bujnoch are surprisingly absent.
- Blake Annen, Tight End – Philadelphia Eagles (Full Draft Profile Here)
- Greg Blair, Linebacker – Cleveland Browns (Full Draft Profile Here)
- Andre Cureton, Offensive Guard – Dallas Cowboys
- Brendon Kay, Quarterback – Pittsburgh Steelers (Full Draft Profile Here)
- Anthony McClung, Wide Receiver – Houston Texans