5 Ragin’ Cajuns Land NFL Rookie Free Agent Deals
The NFL draft came to a close Saturday afternoon, but five Ragin’ Cajuns were lining up rookie free agent deals with NFL teams.
Wide receiver/return specialist Darryl Surgent inked a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. The first-team All Sun Belt Conference selection told us back in December he had plans to continue playing football after graduating. Now he’ll have his opportunity. Last year, former Ragin’ Cajun cornerback Melvin White went undrafted, but signed a rookie deal with the Carolina Panthers. By the end of last season, he was starting for the NFC South champions. White congratulated Surgent on his deal.
Ragin’ Cajun linebacker Justin Anderson signed with the New York Giants. Anderson, who represented the Cajuns at the Senior Bowl, was a first-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection who led the Cajuns in tackles with 131.
Two season ago, Ragin’ Cajun tight end Ladarius Green was drafted in the 4th round by the San Diego Chargers. Now two of his old teammates of the same position will work to join him in the NFL ranks. Tight ends Jacob Maxwell and Ian Thompson each signed free agent deals. Maxwell agreed with the Detroit Lions, while Thompson signed on with the Houston Texans. Louisiana tight ends coach Reed Stringer took to twitter to express his excitement.
Stringer also congratulated Cajun defensive lineman Brandon McCray. Nicknamed “Mr. Happy”, McCray possesses ideal NFL D-Lineman size at 6’5, 318 pounds. As a member of 3 straight New Orleans Bowl championships, McCray should feel right at home in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
While undrafted rookie free agents have an uphill climb to make a roster, the NFL is littered with players who were overlooked. Last season, 24 members of the New Orleans Saints 53 man roster were not drafted into the NFL. In fact, last season seven undrafted free agents made the Saints active roster.