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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2013 8:00 am

The NFL Draft started Thursday. But for several former University of Wyoming players, today is the day.

The fourth through seventh rounds of the draft start at 10 a.m. Some UW players could get drafted in these later rounds, but all are hoping to get a call for a tryout or to make a team as a free agent.

“I just want an opportunity to get into someone’s rookie camp, and hopefully a team camp, and compete,” center Nick Carlson said.

According to nfldraftscout.com, defensive tackle Mike Purcell and safety Luke Anderson have the best shots at being drafted today.

Purcell helped his draft stock by playing well in the Collegiate Bowl in California in January. He had two tackles, one for a loss, and he broke up a pass.

He is projected to go in either the sixth or seventh rounds or sign as a free agent.

“That game got my name out there, and my pro day went well,” Purcell said. “But you never know what is going to happen. It is a shot in the dark.”

He has worked out with the New England Patriots, has met with the San Francisco 49ers and gotten calls from other teams.

Most of the other UW players have gotten calls from NFL teams, but oftentimes they were just to get contact information.

Two players — linebacker Korey Jones and safety Luke Anderson — took part in regional combines that appear to have helped their pro potential.

“I performed well enough to help myself,” Jones said. “I don’t believe I lowered my stock. I think the exposure helped.”

He added that he had a private workout with Cleveland in his hometown of Fort Collins, Colo.

According to nfldraftscout.com, the draft stocks of both Jones and linebacker Ghaali Muhammad’s are on the rise. But it projects both as free-agent signees.

Anderson had 49 tackles last season, and nfldraftscout.com ranks him the 18th-best free safety in the draft out of 90. That is the highest ranking of any UW player at any position.

Purcell is the 21st-best defensive tackle out of 175.

Being drafted doesn’t guarantee that a player will make an NFL roster. Often it is ideal for players to sign as free agents so they can find the best fit.

Players like Jones, Muhammad and Anderson could play different positions in the NFL or on special teams.

“I will hold kicks if they want me to,” Jones said.

Safety Chris Prosinski of Buffalo was UW’s last player to be drafted, in 2011 by Jacksonville. Before that it was safety John Wendling of Rock Springs by Buffalo in 2007.

Both have been standouts on special teams for their squads.

Wendling is now with Detroit.

But other UW players got their starts in the NFL as undrafted free agents and have had solid careers. Those include San Diego receiver Malcom Floyd and Denver defensive tackle Mitch Unrein.

The most recent came when defensive back Tashaun Gipson was signed as a free agent by Cleveland and played a lot as a rookie in 2012.

UW NFL Draft prospects

Capsules of some former University of Wyoming football players who could be drafted or given chances as free agents in the NFL. The fourth through seventh rounds of the NFL Draft are today. Information is according to nfldraftscout.com, and players are listed in alphabetical order:

LUKE ANDERSON

 Position: Free safety

 Height/weight: 5-10/192

 Projected round: Free agent, or as high as the seventh round.

 Position rank: 18 of 90 free safeties; 365 of 2,444 total players.

 Notable: Had 40-yard dash times between 4.38 and 4.57 seconds. Also projected as a strong safety and on special teams.

NICK CARLSON

 Position: Center

 Height/weight: 6-3/298

 Projected round: Free agent

 Position rank: 17 of 70 centers; 528 of 2,444 total players.

 Notable: Bench-pressed 225 pounds 28 times. Been working out in Chicago prior to the draft. Was a First Team All-Mountain West pick last season.

KOREY JONES

 Position: Linebacker

 Height/weight: 6-1/230

 Projected round: Free agent

 Position rank: 61 of 200 outside linebackers; 678 of 2,444 total players.

 Notable: Had a private workout with the Cleveland Browns at his home in Fort Collins, Colo. Also attended two combines in Seattle and Dallas. Projected to play outside or inside linebacker, and on special teams.

Kyle Magnuson

 Position: Offensive tackle or guard

 Height/weight: 6-8/319

 Projected round: Free agent

 Position rank: 55 of 112 offensive tackles; 796 of 2,444 total players.

 Notable: One of the biggest linemen in UW history. Bench-pressed 225 pounds 18 times.

Ghaali Muhammad

 Position: Outside linebacker

 Height/weight: 5-11/217

 Projected round: Free agent

 Position rank: 91 of 200 outside linebackers; not ranked among 2,444 total players.

 Notable: His draft stock is on the rise. Muhammad also could get a look at playing safety and on special teams.

Mike Purcell

 Position: Defensive tackle

 Height/weight: 6-3/305

 Projected round: Seventh. Could go as high as the sixth round or sign as a free agent.

 Position rank: 21 of 175 defensive tackles; 254 of 2,444 total players.

 Notable: Bench-pressed 225 pounds 26 times. Worked out with the New England Patriots, and met with members of the San Francisco 49ers.

Kurt Taufa’asau

 Position: Defensive tackle

 Height/weight: 6-2/296

 Projected round: Free agent or tryout

 Position rank: 81 of 175 defensive tackles; not ranked among 2,444 total players

 Notable: Played only seven games at UW last season due to a knee injury, but his fastest 40-yard dash time was 5.12 seconds.

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1 comment:

  • NormCBS posted at 8:56 am on Sat, Apr 27, 2013.

    NormCBS Posts: 182

    Prosinski made 8 tackles, intercepted a pass and broke up a pass last season against Tom Brady and the Patriots; so he is getting to play a lot at the safety position. I would thing Nick Carlson would be a good pick in the sixth or seventh round by one of the top teams in the league.

     

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