Former U of L center Mario Benavides signed a free-agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, while ex-offensive lineman Alex Kupper signed with the Houston Texans and cornerback Adrian Bushell with the Oakland Raiders and Jeremy Wright with the New York Giants.
Benavides started 47 games at center for the Cardinals during his career. As a senior, Benavides was named All-Big East Conference and helped the Cardinals to an 11-2 mark and Sugar Bowl victory over Florida.
Kupper started 26 straight games, appearing on all positions on the offensive line. He made starts at tackle, guard and center during his career. He made 13 starts in each of the last two seasons. Kupper is a former Trinity High School star who was a second-team All-Big East player during his senior season.
Bushell was a transfer from Florida and played two years at U of L, earning All-Big East both seasons. He had 62 and led the team with 13 pass breakups as a senior.
Wright, who had one year of eligibility remaining but graduated and opted to turn pro, rushed for 824 yards and 10 touchdowns last season for the Cardinals.