Three Kansas Jayhawks signed to undrafted free agent deals after NFL Draft
Three former Kansas Jayhawks football players signed undrafted free agent deals yesterday, despite not being picked in the NFL Draft.
Yesterday broke a streak for Kansas football in which a KU player had been drafted in each of the past three years. Lonnie Phelps was a project fifth to sixth-rounder who was snubbed from a draft selection.
It was not the ideal draft day for the Jayhawks, but several players will receive a chance with an NFL organization as an UDFA.
Following the conclusion of Day 3, the Cleveland Browns signed EDGE Lonnie Phelps. The transfer from Miami (Ohio) recorded the highest single-season sack total (7.0) of any Kansas player since Dorance Armstrong in 2016.
Phelps was the fourth-best player remaining in NFL.com‘s Big Board after the draft ended. He was considered a lock to be selected coming into yesterday. Lonnie will show out and prove to other teams why he deserved their draft choice.
OT Earl Bostick Jr. signed with the Dallas Cowboys. He is guaranteed $220,000 in his deal, a hefty compensation for an UDFA. His six years of hard work with Kansas paid off.
While he was not expected to be drafted, Bostick certainly made an impression at the NFL Combine. He ranked eighth compared to all other participating OTs in NFL.com‘s “Athleticism Score.” Bostick will receive plenty of experience behind an experienced Cowboys offensive line.
The third and final Jayhawk to sign an UDFA deal was DT Caleb Sampson with the Indianapolis Colts.
Sampson recorded 5.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss in four years with the program. He also totaled 76 tackles and has a reputation for being a terrific run-stopper.
There are currently seven former Jayhawks playing in the NFL. That number could rise within the next year if any of these three players crack a 2023 Week 1 roster.