The 2017 NFL Draft came and went without the names of any Rutgers players being called. However, that does not mean a host of former Scarlet Knights are not getting their chance to make NFL teams.
Four undrafted Scarlet Knights have caught on with teams as undrafted rookie free agents and have legitimate chances of making their respective NFL teams this summer.
Topping the list is Carlton Agudosi, who has been drawing rave reviews throughout the spring for the Arizona Cardinals. His early success has hinted at the notion he was under utilized while at Rutgers and a recent article by Kyle Odegard of AZcardinals.com explored that notion.
“I don’t know if it was quarterback, scheme or what it was,” Cardinals head coach Brian Arians told Odegard of Agudosi. “That’s a big, tall fast guy that should have had big numbers in college.”
Also out on the west coast, another a Rutgers wide receiver is trying to close on an NFL roster spot. Andre Patton completed a successful spring with the Los Angeles Chargers and is one of three undrafted rookies competing for a roster spot.
Austin Gale of USA Today’s Chargers Wire wrote that “Patton draws striking comparisons to another Chargers undrafted free agent in third-year receiver Tyrell Williams.”
The west coast has suddenly become home to yet another rookie Scarlet Knight as Anthony Cioffi has been trying to make a name for himself as an Oakland Raider. Reports on Cioffi throughout the spring have been favorable.
“While he won’t garner much fanfare, Cioffi is without question a subtle beast for this new-look Oakland defense,” wrote Will Reeve Jr. of USA Today’s Raiders Wire.
Offensive lineman Chris Muller is the final Rutgers’ rookie looking to carve out a place on a 53-man NFL roster. Muller was initially signed and later waived by the Indianapolis Colts.
However, when he became available, the Denver Broncos waived undrafted rookie Erik Austell. Ourlads.com lists Muller as the backup left guard on its most recent version of its Denver Broncos depth chart.
For more on these first-year NFL hopefuls, check out our latest Scarlet Slant.