The 2015 NLF Draft came and went with no Cyclones selected. However, after the draft on Saturday undrafted free agent signings began in earnest. In most cases this is better than a late round pick as the free agent usually will have multiple offers to consider.
According to Bobby La Gesse three former Cyclones ended up with NFL teams before we woke up on Sunday. Center Tom Farniok will head to the Minnesota Vikings, DE/OLB Cory Morrissey will head to the Baltimore Ravens, and DT David Irving will head to the Kansas City Chiefs. Chris Williams reported this morning that tight end EJ Bibbs will head to the Cleveland Browns.
EJ Bibbs, Cleveland Browns
Bibbs will head to Cleveland and compete with the two tight ends that the Browns took this weekend: Malcolm Jonhson (Miss St) and Randall Telfer (USC). Bibbs comes in to a crowded position with six tight ends currently on the roster that are all looking to replaced the departed Jordan Cameron.
Tom Farniok, Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings went big on the outside of the offensive line with selections of T.J. Clemmings (Pitt), Tyrus Thompson (Oklahoma), and Austin Sheperd (Alabama). Where Farniok fits is an unknown. He's too small to play guard at the next level, and starting center John Sullivan seems entrenched in Minneapolis. There's no doubt Farniok is being brought in due to his status as a former four year starter, but I don't expect this signing to stick.
David Irving, Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs selected DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches (Southern Miss) in the 6th round this weekend but is likely to compete for the backup NT spot in the Chiefs' 3-4 defense behind Dontari Poe. Irving slid inside in his final year in Ames, but he'll project to defensive end in this scheme, and believe it or not, could potentially catch on. Irving never had an issue with his raw athleticism, and if he squares himself away between the ears he might just stick at the next level.
Cory Morrissey, Baltimore Ravens
Morrissey's size is going to force him into an outside linebacker role in the NFL, and the good news is the Ravens didn't draft anyone to compete with him in this area. The bad news is the OLB depth chart for the Ravens lists Terrell Suggs, Courtney Upshaw, and Elvis Dumervil in its two deep. Morrissey has a long ways to go before he sticks at the next level but the tutoring from defensive ends coach Stan Eggen and his healthy lifestyle shouldn't hurt him. Morrissey could be a guy that sticks on special teams due to his hard work and natural leadership.
That's it for now but we'll have more coverage if more Cyclones sign on to play at the next level.