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The University of Massachusetts-Amherst had a decent showing at this year's NFL Draft. As a smaller football school, any time a Minuteman gets selected by an NFL team, the campus should definitely rally around the selection. Although there was not a selection during the official seven rounds in the draft, five UMass players were selected as undrafted free agents and will be vying for a spot on the teams rosters come September.
There were high hopes for UMass standout Emil Igwenagu as a potential pick for a team that wants a hard hitting utility offensive player, however draft scouts deemed him too small for a running back position. I'm not sure how much bigger you want a running back to be, considering Igwenagu is 6'1", 240 lbs, but thats why I'm not a talent evaluator. Instead, Igwenagu was signed by the the Philadelphia Eagles as a fullback and a tight end. Fans of UMass can only hope to hear the commentators screaming "Vick to Igwenagu!" all season long but as for now Igwenagu will be fighting for his spot on the roster.
The New York Giants also made a bid for another UMass wide receiver, following their success with Victor Cruz. New York signed Julian Talley, a suspected vertical threat for the team. Imagine if UMass can actually begin to corner the market on wide receivers? That'll put the Minutemen on the map for sure, let's just pray that the two UMass receivers don't beat the Patriots in the Superbowl again.
The final three players selected from UMass include linebacker Tyler Holmes by the Chicago Bears, offensive guard Josh Samuda by the Miami Dolphins and the St. Louis Rams chose longsnapper Travis Tripucka. Hopefully all five of these UMass greats can make a name for themselves and have successful football careers.
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