Three former JCs were tabbed in the third round. James Lee, out of College of the Redwoods by way of Oregon State, went to Green Bay where he is hopeful of helping the Packers shore up an aging defensive line.
Julian Battle, a very talented athlete who played wide-receiver at Los Angeles Valley, but converted to a cornerback at Tennessee, was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs. Julian might have gone higher but seems to have picked up the " excessive baggage" label. He did excel in some of the post-season action and should make a place for himself in the Chief secondary.
Running back Chris Brown earned third round action from the Tennessee Titans. Brown, who had that spectacular afternoon for Colorado scoring five times against Nebraska in 2001, played at Fort Scott CC in Kansas.
Other former JCs who were grabbed in the weekend NFL draft were:
- Demetrin Veal, defensive tackle from Tennessee/Cerritos (7th);
- punter Eddie Johnson, ex-Orange Coast great, who averaged 46.3 and 45.3 in his two years at Idaho State, by Minnesota in the sixth;
- Spencer Nead, tight end from BYU out of the now defunct Ricks, by New Orleans (7th);
- Doug Gabriel, wide-receiver out of Central Florida/Mississippi Gulf Coast, selected by Oakland in the fifth round;
- Hanik Milligan, from Garden City, the school that produces top DBs every season, by San Diego (6th);
- Seattle liked a pair of Wallaces and took quarterback Seneca from Iowa State/Sacramento (4th) and wide-receiver Taco, Kansas State/Mt. San Antonio, (7th). The Seahawks must like the JC alums as last year the took RB Maurice Morris, Fresno CC/Oregon;
- Garden City alum Corey Jenkins, Garden City/S Carolina, was drafted as a linebacker by Miami in the 6th.
- DT Aubrayo Franklin, Itawamba/Tennessee, was drafted in the 5th by Baltimore.
- C Mike Mabry, SW Miss./C Florida, was drafted by Baltimore in the 7th.
Free agent signings have included:
DT Talifaia Atoe, Redwoods/Idaho, by Arizona;
CB Korey Banks, Garden City/Miss. State, by Miami;
WR Junior Mahe, Dixie St./BYU, by Philadelphia;
WR Jason Armstead, Miss. Gulf Coast/Ole Miss, by Pittsburgh;
WR Grant Mattos, Foothill/USC, by San Diego;
QB Brad Banks, Hinds/Iowa, by Washington;
WR Jerome Riley, Compton/Wash. State, by Tennessee;
WR/KR Charles Pauley, Citrus/San Jose St., by San Francisco;
OL Kareem Marshall, Miss. Gulf Coast/Georgia, by Philadelphia.
WR Paris Jackson, Butte/Utah, by Buffalo;
DT Johnny Thomas, Chabot/Holmes/U of Nevada, by Miami.
WR Aaron Boone, Snow/Kentucky, by Dallas;
DE Darrell Wright, Reedley/Oregon, by Dallas;
LB Jason Hunt, Sac City/Cincy, by New England;
WR Antoine Burns, Rochester/Minnesota, by Cleveland;
WR CJ Jones, Garden City/Iowa, by Cleveland;
DE Jeremy Lloyd, Tyler/Iowa State, by Cleveland;
Stay tuned for the rest of the free agent signees.
Last year the JCs had three first-rounders in McKinnie, Shockey and Javon Walker and a total of 11 drafted in the first 7 rounds. Interestingly, all 11 stuck with their clubs during the season, although some were on injured reserve.