After three long days, the NFL Draft finally concluded yesterday afternoon, setting into motion a flurry of movement and signing among undrafted free agents. Here's where all of the former Missouri Tigers involved have landed.
Sheldon Richardson, New York Jets (No. 13 pick)
Georgia won, 41-20, on Missouri's home field. At the end of the game, Georgia players held up a sign that said, "Grown man football."
It wasn't the last time that Richardson's mouth got him into trouble. Late in the season, he was suspended for a pivotal game against Syracuse for breaking an unspecified team rule. An NFL source said Richardson showed up late for an academic meeting and was required, as punishment, to run the stadium steps.
"He was reluctant, didn't want to do it because he claimed he was hurt," the source said. "He talked back to the coach and said he'd come back and do it another day."
The source described Richardson as "an immature knucklehead, but certainly not a bad kid." In the big picture, his suspension hardly qualifies as a major transgressions, considering the rap sheets that some players bring into the NFL. Richardson came off as affable, but confident. He expects to start as a rookie.
"I want to start," he said. "They didn't draft us to sit behind anybody."
Zaviar Gooden, Tennessee Titans (No. 97 pick)
"He’s got the speed of a corner," NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said. "I don’t think he has great instincts, but when he sees it, there isn’t a faster linebacker. If he learns how to take on a block, he’ll be a home run."
Gooden showed off his athleticism at the NFL Scouting Combine when he paced linebackers in the 40-yard dash (4.47), three-cone drill (6.71 seconds), and short shuttle (4.18 seconds), and pumped 27 bench-press reps.
Asked how his Combine time boosted his stock, Gooden said: "You can’t teach speed and you can’t tackle someone if you can’t get to the play. I think it helped out a ton and I think it opened some eyes to some teams. I think it helped me out quite a bit."
T.J. Moe, New England Patriots
TJ Moe refutes earlier tweet, says he has not signed with Jacksonville— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) April 28, 2013
Perfect. RT @tjmoe28: I have agreed to terms with the New England Patriots— Rock M Nation (@rockmnation) April 28, 2013
Moe later removed the tweet we RT'd, probably because the Patriots haven't officially announced the signing yet. Regardless, Jacksonville and New England were perhaps two of the better places he could have landed. Going to Jacksonville would have reunited him with Blaine Gabbert, from whom he caught 92 passes for 1,045 yards in 2010. He could have been a nice camp-out-in-the-holes-in-the-zone guy; regardless, it appears he's headed to New England, which knows better than any team in the league how to utilize a holes-in-zones guy. Hey, whatever perpetuates the "He's a Wes Welker type" stereotype, huh?
Kendial Lawrence, Dallas Cowboys
He always comes through on time!— Kendial Lawrence (@K_Lawrence4) April 28, 2013
Elvis Fisher, New England Patriots
I signed free agent deal w/ McDonalds! Couldn't be happier!— Elvis Fisher (@ElvisFisher72) April 27, 2013
Yes I'm signing with the New England Patriots! Excited for the opportunity!— Elvis Fisher (@ElvisFisher72) April 28, 2013
Brad Madison, Kansas City Chiefs
Madison, who will also get a look as a long snapper, said the Denver Broncos called him midway through the seventh round and said they were deciding between him and Miami (Ohio) quarterback Zac Dysert with the 234th pick. The Broncos went with Dysert.
Madison had offers from 10 teams once the draft concluded and decided Kansas City gave him his best chance to make the roster.
"Obviously, you want to get drafted, but if you don't, you still definitely have a chance," said Madison, who ranks 11th on Missouri's career sacks list with 16. "That's all I wanted. I still have to make the team either way."
Madison, who grew up in nearby Bethany, had an interview with the Chiefs a few weeks ago and met several members of Andy Reid's coaching staff. The Chiefs' new special teams coach is former MU assistant Dave Toub.
Kenronte Walker, Cleveland Browns
Getting drafted or going free agent Just blessed to have the opportunity to make a roster. I Appreciate the love from you all #Brownsnation— Kenronte' Walker (@KenronteWalker) April 28, 2013
Kip Edwards, Buffalo Bills
Kip Edwards to the Bills! #MizzouMade another steal at DB!— Kenji Jackson (@KenjiLee13) April 28, 2013
Jared McGriff-Culver, Oakland Raiders (tryout)
Jared McGriff-Culver, a running back who never started for the Tigers, said he will be part of tryouts for the Oakland Raiders on May 9 to 11.