HISTORY OF USF AND THE NFL
TAMPA – The University of South Florida football program celebrated a strong NFL Draft weekend. The Bulls had three players drafted and six others have earned free-agent opportunities. With the three players drafted, USF has now had 11 Bulls selected over the last four years, which is tied for the second most of the BIG EAST teams. Overall, USF has had 22 players drafted since its first-ever pick in 2001.
USF’s draft weekend started on Friday evening, when the Denver Broncos selected DB Kayvon Webster with the 90th overall pick in the third round. Webster became the eighth Bulls defensive back to be selected in the NFL Draft, the most of any position in program history. He joined Mistral Raymond (Minnesota Vikings, 2011), Nate Allen (Philadelphia Eagles, 2010), Jerome Murphy (St. Louis Rams, 2010), Mike Jenkins (Dallas Cowboys, 2009), Trae Williams (Philadelphia Eagles, 2009), J.R. Reed (Philadelphia Eagles, 2004) and Anthony Henry (Cleveland Browns, 2001).
The fun continued on Saturday, when both LB Sam Barrington and QB B.J. Daniels heard their names called within five picks of each other. Barrington was chosen with the 232nd overall pick in the seventh round by the Green Bay Packers, while Daniels went to the San Francisco 49ers with the 237th overall pick in the seventh round. Daniels became the first USF quarterback to be drafted into the NFL.
Barrington was the fifth Bulls linebacker to be selected in the NFL Draft. He joined Jacquian Williams, who was selected in the sixth round by the New York Giants in 2011, Tyrone McKenzie, who was drafted in the third round by the New England Patriots in 2009, Stephen Nicholas, who was selected in the fourth round by the Atlanta Falcons in 2007, and Kawika Mitchell, who was picked in the second round of the 2003 draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Once the draft was completed, six other Bulls confirmed they would have the opportunity to join one of the 32 NFL franchises. Both DB George Baker and PK Maikon Bonani have landed with the Tennessee Titans, while OL Danous Estenor confirmed he’ll be an Indianapolis Colt. DT Cory Grissom will join the New England Patriots, while TE Evan Landi will get his chance with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and OL Mark Popek expects to sign with the New York Jets.
We’ll continue to monitor free-agent signings and bring you the news whenever we receive confirmations from any of the former Bulls.