Marks, Barber sign undrafted free agent contracts after the NFL draft with Jets and Panthers, respectively

A PAIR OF Cougars wasted little time after the NFL draft came to a close before signing free agent contracts.

Gabe Marks and Robert Barber signed as undrafted free agents with the New York Jets and Carolina Panthers, respectively, per the Twitterverse.

Other undrafted Cougar free agents, such as River Cracraft and Riley Sorenson, could ink deals at any time.  Safety Shalom Luani was the lone Cougar drafted, going to Oakland with the third pick in the seventh round.

UPDATE: Carolina later rescinded its offer to Barber. According to the Charlotte Observer, Carolina was unaware Barber was facing trial on second-degree felony assault charges.

Marks (5-11, 190) is the most prolific wide receiver in the history of the Pac-12 and Washington State with 316 career receptions. 

But Marks' size-to-speed ratio may have hurt his draft stock, the Seattle Times reported, citing Dion Caputi, a draft analyst for the National Football Post.

"In a WR class that was seemingly so deep on the backend, a guy like Marks who doesn’t have great size-to-speed ratio took a bit of a knock in value,” Caputi said. “A lot of the receivers taken had that element, even if they were a work in progress.”

Marks also finished second in Pac-12 history with 37 touchdown catches, and seventh with 3,453 receiving yards over the course of his career.

An outside receiver at Washington State, Marks may play in the slot at the NFL level.

Barber (6-3, 305) this season blocked the field goal attempt vs. Idaho that sparked a lopsided win and was prelude to an eight-game win streak after Wazzu started the season 0-2.

In nine games this season (seven starts) Barber posted 15 tackles including 2 1/2 for loss with a pair of sacks, a pass break up, a fumble recovery and the blocked field goal.

But he made headlines for an off-field issue and was suspended for three games this season by the WSU Conduct Board for his part in a brawl over the summer. That decision was later stayed by the courts, allowing Barber to return to the field and finish out the season. He pleaded not guilty last month to a charge of second-degree felony assault and filed a motion for dismissal. 

Barber, who graduated from WSU in December, started 21 games in his Cougar career, finishing with 43 tackles, 9 for loss and 3 sacks.  

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