NFL teams sign 51 ACC players to free-agent deals

acc-newlinksA total of 51 players from Atlantic Coast Conference schools have signed free agent contracts or received invitations to attend free agent camps from teams in the National Football League.

Combined with the 31 ACC players drafted by the NFL, a total of 82 players from ACC schools will head to NFL training camps this year.

When draftees (3) and free agents (10) from Pittsburgh and Syracuse are included, teams which will join the ACC this July 1, the number of players headed to the NFL grows to a total of 95 players.


ACC NFL Free Agent Signees (as of May 9)

Boston College (5)

Nick Clancy                         LB               Atlanta Falcons

Emmett Cleary                  T                  Indianapolis Colts

Jim Noel                               DB              Seattle Seahawks

Chris Pantale                      TE               New York Jets

John Wetzel                       T                  Oakland Raiders


Clemson (6)

Dalton Freeman               C                 New York Jets

Xavier Brewer                   DB              Dallas Cowboys

Spencer Benton               PK               Dallas Cowboys

Tig Willard                           LB               Tennessee Titans

Brandon Ford                    TE               New England Patriots

Jaron Brown                       WR             Arizona Cardinals


     Duke (3)

Jackson Anderson           LS                Houston Texans

Tony Foster                        DB              Kansas City Chiefs

Conner Vernon                 WR             Oakland Raiders


Florida State (3)

Anthony McCloud           DT               Minnesota Vikings

Lonnie Pryor                      FB-RB        Jacksonville Jaguars

Rodney Smith                    WR             Minnesota Vikings

Georgia Tech (5)

T.J. Barnes                          DT               Jacksonville Jaguars

Izaan Cross                         DE               Buffalo Bills

Rod Sweeting                    CB               New Orleans Saints

Orwin Smith                       RB               Tampa Bay Buccaneers (invited to free agent camp)

Tyler Morgan                     LS                Carolina Panthers


     Maryland (5)

Devonte Campbell          TE               Atlanta Falcons

Darin Drakeford                LB               Kansas City Chiefs

A.J. Francis                          DE-DT        Miami Dolphins

Matt Furstenburg            TE               Baltimore Ravens

Joe Vellano                         DE-DT        New England Patriots


     Miami (3)

Dalton Botts                       P                 (Tryouts with Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints)

Ramon Buchanan             LB               Seattle Seahawks

Jeremy Lewis                     OL               Tampa Bay Buccaneers


     North Carolina (4)

Casey Barth                        PK               Atlanta Falcons

Jheranie Boyd                   WR             Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Erik Highsmith                   WR             Minnesota Vikings

Kevin Reddick                    LB               New Orleans Saints


     NC State (6)

Zach Allen                           G                 Carolina Panthers

Brandan Bishop                S                  Minnesota Vikings

R.J. Mattes                         OL               New England Patriots

Tobais Palmer                    WR             Jacksonville Jaguars

Cameron Wentz               C                 Minnesota Vikings

C.J. Wilson                          CB               Chicago Bears


     Pittsburgh (4)

Ray Graham                       RB               Houston Texans

Hubie Graham                   TE               Tamp Bay Buccaneers

Mike Shanahan                 WR             New York Jets

Ryan Turnley                      C                 New York Giants


     Syracuse (6)

Lou Alexander                   T                  New Orleans Saints

Zack Chibane                     G                 Buffalo Bills

Dean Goggins                    DE               Atlanta Falcons

Alec Lemon                        WR             Houston Texans

Marcuse Sales                   WR             Atlanta Falcons

Brandon Sharpe          DE           Washington Redskins


     Virginia (5)

     Paul Freedman                TE               Dallas Cowboys

Steve Greer                       LB               Washington Redskins

Perry Jones                        RB               Baltimore Ravens

Colter Phillips                     TE               Tampa Bay Buccaneers

La’Roy Reynolds               LB               Jacksonville Jaguars


     Virginia Tech (5)

Nick Becton                        T                  San Diego Chargers

Marcus Davis                     WR             New York Giants

Antoine Hopkins              DT               Pittsburgh Steelers

Bruce Taylor                       LB               Cincinnati Bengals

Alonzo Tweedy                 LB               New York Giants


     Wake Forest (1)

     Kenny Okoro                     DB              San Diego Chargers

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