May 3rd, 2011 10:22 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
Tags: Marty Schottenheimer, NFL, SEC, UFL
Thanks to the NFL’s ongoing lockout and labor strife, this year’s UFL draft has taken on some extra meaning for several former SEC players. This year’s undrafted (by the NFL) free agents cannot cut deals with the league’s teams as is usually the case. Until the lockout is lifted, those players who went undrafted are left to wander in no man’s land.
Enter the UFL.
The small fall league — with teams in Hartford, Las Vegas, Omaha, Sacramento and Virginia (playing in Virginia Beach) — might be a solid landing spot for UFAs in 2011. Even when the lockout ends, undrafted players figure to have less time to prove themselves to their NFL coaches.
Considering some of the head coaches in the league — Jerry Glanville, Jim Fassel, Marty Schottenheimer — a few UFAs might have better long-term pro prospects by spending a year under UFL tutelage and then trying to sign with an NFL team at a later date.
The UFL held its draft yesterday and the following ex-SEC’ers were selected:
CB Reynaldo Hill, Florida — Omaha
DT Ian Scott, Florida — Virginia
QB Jeremiah Masoli, Ole Miss — Omaha
RB Derrick Locke, Kentucky — Omaha
RB Mario Fannin, Auburn — Las Vegas
Don’t sell undrafted free agents short. Last year, the NFL’s leading rusher was former Tennessee running back Arian Foster, himself a UFA.
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