Several BYU Cougars of note were not selected at NFL Draft 2014 and so they signed free agent deals on Saturday, May 10. The most notable of the Cougars who went undrafted was wide receiver Cody Hoffman who was thought to have been ticketed as a late round selection.
Instead, Hoffman will have to show off what he can do as a free agent. He signed with the Washington Redskins, fueling speculation that he may have been better off leaving early for the NFL Draft last year when he had the chance -- as opposed to staying in school for his senior year.
Nevertheless, Hoffman had a huge senior year -- and a stellar collegiate career at BYU -- for which BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall expressed his gratitude for Hoffman and the other three BYU stars who signed free agent deals on Saturday.
The other three players included safety Daniel Sorensen -- who had an amazing NFL Combine -- and signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. Defensive lineman Eathan Manumaleuna inked a free agent deal with the New York Giants and linebacker Spencer Hadley put that Las Vegas episode behind him and will give a pro career a try with the New Orleans Saints.
"I'm proud of what each of these young men have accomplished,” Mendenhall said in a press release. “I'm grateful for their many contributions to BYU and our football program and excited they have earned these opportunities with the NFL."
Though Hoffman wasn’t selected in the draft process this year, he seemed sort of nonplussed about it all on his Twitter page, which instead contained a lot more enthusiasm than players who were selected at NFL Draft 2014 -- like Utah cornerback Keith McGill -- but who dropped on the draft board before their name was called.
“I'm taking my talents to Washington DC to play for the Redskins!” Hoffman tweeted on Saturday after getting a phone call from the Redskins. For all four Cougars, their free agent deals represent a second chance to prove that teams made a mistake in not drafting them.