Five Tigers sign UDFA contracts

After the completion of the 2015 NFL Draft, five former LSU players signed as undrafted free agents, highlighted by Terrence Magee to the Baltimore Ravens.

The road to the NFL has taken a different path for six former LSU players in the aftermath of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Five of those six - RB Terrence Magee, DB Ronald Martin, FB Connor Neighbors, OL Elliott Porter and DE Jermauria Rasco - all signed contracts as undrafted free agents.

Magee, the Tigers' second-leading rusher in each of the last two seasons, inked a deal with the Baltimore Ravens. It may be no coincidence that Baltimore jumped on Magee after he went unpicked in the seven-round draft as LSU's offensive coordinator served in that role for the Ravens from 2008-2012.

Martin is going to the great Northwest to join the Seattle Seahawks, a participant in the last two Super Bowls. The safety from White Castle will be reunited with former DBU mate Tharold Simon.

Neighbors signed on with the Tennessee Titans, pairing him with close friend and former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger.

Porter is getting his chance with the Cleveland Browns. The interior offensive lineman started the bulk of 2014 at center for LSU before suffering an injury last in the season. The Shaw product will likely get the opportunity to block former teammate Barkevious Mingo in practice.

Rasco came to UDFA contract agreement on Sunday, signing with the Green Bay Packers, while a sixth former LSU player, linebacker D.J. Welter has been offered a minicamp tryout with the Tampa Bay Bucaneers.

The inclusion of these five contract signees brings LSU's haul for the week to nine former players now drafted or signed with NFL teams (10 if Welter sticks in Tampa).

Taken in the draft were: CB Jalen Collins (Round 2, 42nd overall - Atlanta Falcons); DE Danielle Hunter (Round 3, 88th overall - Minnesota Vikings); LB Kwon Alexander (Round 4, 124th overall - Tampa Bay Buccaneers); and RB Kenny Hilliard (Round 7, 235th overall - Houston Texans).

Of course with all the success stories comes the dominant LSU draft storyline of the week, one that's been bizarre and tragic involving former offensive lineman La'el Collins.

Amid a most troubling week in his personal life, Collins went undrafted and the NFL has declared he can't re-enter the 2016 draft.

From a program standpoint it's worth noting that LSU put nine players into each of the last two drafts. The mass exodus of underclassmen subsided in 2014, resulting in the total of four players drafted.

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