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

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.