Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The 2016 NFL Draft saw 5 former Mountaineers be drafted to the NFL but that doesn’t mean that the few that didn’t hear their name called during the 3 day event are finished. A couple former Mountaineers have already signed as undrafted free agents.

Long snapper John DePalma signed with the Philadelphia Eagles which will join him with former Mountaineer running back Wendell Smallwood. Given the need for long snappers in the NFL, DePalma looks to be a solid bet to make the Eagles roster.

Defensive lineman Kyle Rose signed with the Cleveland Browns shortly after the draft. The Browns have a need for defensive line help so Rose has a shot to make the official roster.

Linebacker Shaq Petteway signed with the San Diego Chargers but he could be asked to make a position change with the team. Petteway worked out for the Patriots and Eagles as a linebacker but also as a fullback.

Cornerback Terrell Chestnut has signed with the San Diego Chargers as well. Chestnut could have been a 3rd day pick but teams might have had concerns over the shoulder injury that plagued him during his senior season but given the lack of depth in the Chargers backfield, Chestnut has a shot at making the team.

UPDATE: Marquis Lucas has also signed a free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills. Given the Bills need for depth at the tackle position and their desire to run the ball, Lucas could see some playing time with a strong mini camp