The University of Connecticut football team had some success last season, but it wasn’t enough to get any of their players drafted into the NFL last week. It was also the first time since 2006 that no Huskies were selected in the NFL draft. Despite the disappointment of not having any players selected in the NFL Draft, five Huskies were signed as undrafted free agents after the draft, three of whom were signed by the New York Giants, which will surely improve their NFL power rankings.
With five former Huskies finding new homes, it’s time to take a look at their chances of making their team’s final roster.
Andrew Adams and Junior Lee were both signed by the Giants. Lee is expected to compete for a spot on special teams, while Adams will be competing for a spot on defense. Since the Giants don’t have much depth in their secondary with Darian Thompson and Landon Collins being the only players with guaranteed spots on the roster, Adams and Lee have a solid chance to make the team.
For Adams, his biggest competition will be Nat Berhe, a three year veteran in the league. If Adams can outperform Berhe in training camp, he will have a good chance of making the final 53 man roster.
In Lee’s case, he has a tougher challenge in front of him if he wants to make the 53 man roster. Lee would have to make a big impact in training camp and the preseason to have a chance to make the team. If he is unable to earn a spot in the Giants special teams, he will likely be signed to their practice squad with a chance to make the team if he improves or a special teamer gets injured.
Kenton Adeyemi is another undrafted Huskie that signed after the draft. Adeyemi signed a free agent deal with the Texans, after receiving multiple offers from different teams. While he played both the tackle and end position in college, he will likely be used as a defensive end in the Texan’s 3-4 defense.
Since Houston doesn’t have a lot of depth at the position behind J.J. Watt, Adeyemi has a legitimate chance to make the team’s final roster. Adeyemi will be competing with Brandon Dunn and Jeoffrey Pagan to earn a starting spot on the defensive line, and since neither Pagan nor Dunn made a big impression last season, and Adeyemi is a tenacious defender, he has the best chance of earning a roster spot than the other UConn players.
Julian Campenni was expected to be selected in the late rounds of the draft but ended up not getting drafted. The Colts quickly picked him up and will expect him to compete for a spot on their defensive line. If he performs well during the preseason, he is expected to make their final roster.
Since David Parry is the Colts starting nose tackle, Campenni will be competing for the backup spot with Zach Kerr and Hassan Ridgeway.
Linebacker Graham Stewart was signed by the Vikings after the draft, mostly due to the strength of his pro day at Yale, in which he performed better than he did at his first pro day at UConn. Stewart is expected to compete for the backup SAM linebacker position, but will likely end up as a special teams contributor.