Six former UConn football players sign deals with NFL teams

Published on Monday, 1 May 2017 22:41


While Obi Melifonwu (Raiders, 2nd round, 56th overall) was the only former UConn player taken in last week’s NFL Draft, six other former Huskies agreed to free agent deals or accepted invitations to join mini camps over the weekend following the draft.

Wide receiver Noel Thomas, kicker Bobby Puyol, defensive back John Green and offensive tackle Andreas Knappe all agreed to free agent deals, while defensive tackle Mikal Myers and cornerback Jhavon Williams accepted invitations to join mini camps.

Thomas signed with the Detroit Lions after a senior season in which he made 100 receptions - a single-season record at UConn - for 1,179 yards (second most at the school for a single season) and three touchdowns. He ranked fifth in the country with 8.3 receptions per game.

Puyol agreed to terms with the Baltimore Ravens. He was the primary field goal kicker for the Huskies over the past three seasons, making 38 of 48 field goal attempts and going 50-for-56 on PATs. In 2015, he was one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award.

Green signed with the Tennessee Titans after recording a career-high 29 tackles in 11 games with the Huskies in 2016. He set a career-high with seven tackles on Oct. 8 against Cincinnati. After initially starting his career as a wide receiver, Green became a defensive back in 2014.

Knappe signed with the Atlanta Falcons. The 6-foot-8 lineman started all 12 games at right tackle this past season for the Huskies, helping the team rush for 100 yards or more in six games.

Myers will join the Baltimore Ravens at mini camp. He finished his UConn career with 112 total tackles, three sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss. Last season, he recorded career-highs in tackles (51) and forced fumbles (2).

Williams accepted a mini camp invitation from the New Orleans Saints. He wrapped up his UConn career playing in 47 games, recording 174 tackles, four tackles for loss and five career interceptions.

Information from a UConn press release included.

Posted in New Britain Herald, General Sports, UConn on Monday, 1 May 2017 22:41. Updated: Monday, 1 May 2017 22:43.