10 Former Bulls Get NFL Opportunities

With NFL minicamps about to begin, more Bulls will get an opportunity to catch on with an NFL team in the hopes of playing professional football. As of Tuesday, eight rookies and two former Bulls will be entering NFL camps so far this spring. Stay informed with USFNation.com

It's a good time for USF football fans, as the Bulls will have eight rookies and two former Bulls entering NFL camps so far this spring, With more possibly still to come.

USF linebacker Tyron McKenzie, who went in the 3rd to the New England Patriots, was the only former Bull that was selected in the NFL draft, but more will get their opportunity of playing in the NFL over the next few weeks.

Within minutes after the NFL draft was over, three former Bulls got a shot at playing in the NFL by signing free agent contracts. Receiver Taurus Johnson signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, offensive lineman Matt Huners with the 49ers, and offensive lineman Ryan Schmidt signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Titans.

Early Monday three other Bulls were invited to compete this weekend at Mini-camps on a tryout basis. Defensive end Jarriett Buie and tight end Cedric Hill were invited to work out for the Buccaneer's, and Louis Gachette who fielded several offers looks to be going to out for the Miami Dolphins unless another team offers him a free agent deal before then.

By the end of the day two more former Bulls accepted invitations to work-out for NFL teams.

Offensive lineman Marc Dile was also invited to the Buc's minicamp and will join Buie, and Hill. Dile played in 51 games at USF, starting 36 times at both tackle spots.

Defensive tackle Richard Clebert (2007) accepted an invitation to work out for play for New Orleans. Clebert who was in camp with the Winnipeg Jets of the CFL last season has been in talks with the saints for several weeks leading up to the draft, but when a FA deal didn't come he accepted the offer to try-out with hopes offering the contract.

I just spoke to former USF offensive tackle Frank Davis and he told me the Washington Redskins have invited him to take part a try-out this weekend.

Davis who last played for USF in 2005 was with the Detroit Lions after signing a free agent deal in 2006. He made the 53-man roster and became the first Panamanian to start and play in an NFL game in the history of the league. Davis was placed on Reserve/Injured list in 2007 after injuring his knee during the preseason, and was released in 2008.

"My knee is fine and I'm 110 percent back," said Davis. "I'm ready to show what I can do again."

Davis has an opportunity to stick with the Redskins. Heading into the 2009 NFL Draft, the offensive line was widely regarded as a need for the Redskins but they didn't select a lineman with any of their picks. The skins did sign two UDFA linemen after the draft, both from the University of Maryland, tackle Scott Burley and guard Edwin Williams.

"They didn't draft any linemen, but they did sign two free agents,' said Davis. "I'm just going to have to go in and prove myself all over again. I'm looking forward to the opportunity."

The Redskins hold their mini-camp on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and if Davis impresses the Redskins, he may be asked to sign a contract as an undrafted free agent.

If Davis does sign he will have to compete with some of the team's young linemen, including third-year player Stephon Heyer, second-year players Chad Rinehart and Devin Clark, and D'Anthony Batiste, a third-year player signed last December. Washington also signed Mike Williams one day before the start of the NFL Draft. Williams is a 5-year veteran who hasn't played since 2005.

That makes a total of 10 USF players entering NFL mini camps with possibly more to come, so stay tuned.

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