There were a few more free agent signings today by Purdue players that went undrafted in this weekend's NFL Draft, so a few more guys have at least a shot at making it in the league:
Cody Webster - Pittsburgh Steelers - Webster, a Pennsylvania native, will return to his home state as the Steelers will at least give him a look:
#Purdue punter RT @CRMSportsMgmt Congrats to my man Cody Webster @codywebster42 heading to rookie mini camp with the @steelers! #NFL— GoldandBlack.com (@GoldandBlackcom) May 11, 2014
Cody should have at least a chance, but the notorious winds of Heinz Field are tricky for any punter. Pittsburgh had two punters on the roster last year. Brad Wing punted four times in eight preseason games for a 40 yard average. Adam Podelesh was signed in the offseason from Chicago and averaged 40.6 yards with the Bears. Cody averaged 43.5 yards per kick, so hopefully that gets him a nice, long look.
Bruce Gaston - Arizona Cardinals - It took Gaston awhile, but he finally came to terms with Arizona late last night:
Congrats to @StRitaFootball @stritahs graduate Bruce Gaston on signing with the Arizona Cardinals!— St. Rita Athletics (@StRitaAthletics) May 12, 2014
For my friends over at the Arizona SB Nation blog, here is my original draft profile on Gaston. He has the right size to play defensive tackle in the league, but his lack of production was a major impediment to his getting drafted.
Devin Smith - San Diego Chargers - Smith is headed to San Diego and their rookie camp, where the offensive guard will need to make a big impression to stay much longer:
Congrats to Devin Smith (@DevinSmith71) on his invite to the San Diego Chargers rookie camp! #HYPEtrained pic.twitter.com/oneWNXLyeB— John Vickers (@JohnVickersII) May 11, 2014
Smith makes the second offensive lineman to at least get a chance at making roster for Purdue, which it me is stunning considering our troubles along the line. Smith has a good size for a guard and was a two year starter after being a JuCo transfer, but he battled injuries and was in and out of the lineup a lot last season. At 6'7" 341 pounds he definitely has the size for the NFL.