The Maryland football program had several players eligible for the 2017 NFL Draft this past weekend.
However, none were selected during the three-day event and many signed free agent contracts with NFL teams.
Cornerback Will Likely had the best chance to be drafted, but didn’t hear his name called. Likely has yet to sign a contract with an NFL team.
According to NFL reporter Aaron Wilson, cornerback Alvin Hill signed with the Cleveland Browns. Wilson also reported that running back Trey Edmunds inked a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Hill recorded 106 tackles (74 solo), three interceptions (two in 2016), four defended passes, and a forced fumble during his time in College Park. His 6’0/200 lb. frame could be an advantage and he did improve significantly in pass coverage as a senior.
On the other hand, Edmunds is coming off a senior season that has cut way short due to injury. However, he is relatively quick and powerful for a back of his size, so at the very least, he has a chance to latch onto the Chiefs or another team’s practice squad.
Wide receiver Levern Jacobs also signed a free agent contract with the Washington Redskins per Ben Standig.
Jacobs had met with the Redskins prior to the draft. During his Maryland career, Jacobs hauled in 130 passes for 1,554 yards and eight touchdowns.
Jacobs could have a chance to crack Washington’s roster due to Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson signing elsewhere in the offseason. He’s a bit undersized, but became more involved as a blocker as a senior.
Former Maryland wideout Amba Etta-Tawo, who transferred to Syracuse for the 2016 season, was picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He’ll join former teammate Yannick Ngakoue.
The biggest attribute that plays in Etta-Tawo’s favor is his large frame at 6’2. He’s certainly not afraid to go make plays as he compiled 94 receptions for 1,482 yards and 14 touchdowns.
It’s still relatively early so the likes of Roman Braglio, Michael Dunn, and Likely still have a strong chance to land a free agent contract. We’ll have all the latest as former Maryland football stars find their NFL homes.