It was a bit of a surprise not to hear a name from Stanford University announced after the second round of the NFL Draft. But the class that helped Stanford football to back-to-back BCS Bowl games will have plenty of opportunity to seize their dreams in the NFL.
Seven Stanford Cardinal players not drafted will reportedly sign with NFL teams as undrafted free agents. Four of those players will be reunited with former Head Coach Jim Harbaugh.
Wide receiver Chris Owusu, defensive lineman Matt Masifilo and defensive backs Michael Thomas are all expected to sign deals to compete for roster spots with the San Francisco 49ers.
(EDITED AFTER MONDAY AFTERNOON) It was first reported that Johnson Bademosi would sign with the 49ers as well. It now appears he will be going to the Cleveland Browns. Fellow defensive back Corey Gatewood will reportedly join for Stanford co-defensive coordinator in Oakland with the Raiders.
Safety Delano Howell announced on his Facebook page that he will join the Buffalo Bills.
Running back Jeremy Stewart will get an opportunity with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Wide receiver Griff Whalen will join his roommate, quarterback Andrew Luck and tight end Coby Fleener in Indianapolis.
The Stanford fingerprints were all over the NFL Draft in the first two days with two first round picks and two second rounds picks coming from the Farm.
Luck was the number one overall pick going to Indianapolis. He’ll be joined by Fleener who was taken with the second pick in the second round.
Guard David DeCastro went to Pittsburgh with the 24th pick of the draft. Tackle Jonathan Martin was selected by Miami with the 10th pick of the second round.
Last year’s list of undrafted free agents to go to the NFL included wide receiver Doug Baldwin. He ended up leading the Seattle Seahawks in receptions. There is no doubt there is opportunity for a few of this year’s class to make an impact in the NFL as well.