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12 Sun Belt And Two Independent Players Sign UDFA Contracts With The NFL

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Nine Sun Belt teams were represented when the list of undrafted free agent contracts was released by the NFL

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After three players from the Sun Belt were selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, the real fun began. Another 12 student-athletes earned the chance to continue their football career, signing as undrafted free agents. Only UDFAs listed officially by the NFL are part of this list.


  • Dominique Tovell, LB: A Mississippi native, Tovel will get the chance to start his NFL career in the home state of his college as a member of the New Orleans Saints.
  • Jamal Robinson, WR: A talented wide receiver from Slidell, Louisiana, Robinson is headed to the Sunshine State as a part of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Texas State:

  • Adrian Bellard, OT: The only Bobcats player to sign an official UDFA contract according to the NFL, Bellard is taking his talented north to play for the Chicago Bears.

Arkansas State:

  • J.D. McKissic, WR: An electric player on the field, McKissic is staying in the south after signing a UDFA contract with the Atlanta Falcons.
  • Darion Griswold, TE: A very interesting NFL prospect, tight end Darion Griswold is heading to the AFC North as a member of the Indianapolis Colts.

Georgia State:

  • Tarris Batiste, S: A Georgia native that also played his college ball in Georgia, Batiste is staying in state yet again after signing a UDFA contract with the Atlanta Falcons.
  • Will Lutz, K: A second team All-Sun Belt kicker in 2015, Lutz has the opportunity to continue his football career after signing with the Baltimore Ravens.

Coastal Carolina:

  • Alex Ross, QB: Despite not being a member of the Sun Belt last fall, Coastal Carolina is now part of the Sun Belt. Quarterback Alex Ross is the only UDFA to sign a contract. The Georgia native is joining the Atlanta Falcons.


  • Brandon Burks, RB: A very good running back at Troy, Burks is leaving the heat of the south to ply his trade for the Green Bay Packers.

New Mexico State:

  • Winston Rose, CB: The only member of the Aggies to sign a UDFA contract, Rose is heading east to St. Louis as a member of the Rams.

Appalachian State:

  • Doug Middleton, DB: Joining NFL Draftee Ronald Blair, Middleton is heading north to play for the New York Jets.

South Alabama:

  • Braedon Bowman, TE: The Jaguars tight end is staying a Jaguar in the NFL after signing a UDFA contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.


  • Randall Jette, CB, Massachusetts: The Minutemen cornerback is one of two players from UMass to sign UDFA contracts. He is heading to the NFC North as a member of the Green Bay Packers.
  • Marken Michel, WR, Massachusetts: Joining teammate Tajae Sharpe in the NFL, Michel signed with the Minnesota Vikings as a UDFA.