No draft picks, but six Bulls to sign free-agent deals
For the first time in six years, no USF players were taken in the NFL Draft, but the Bulls were busy Saturday night, with six players agreeing to deals as undrafted free agents, giving them a shot at making an NFL roster this fall.
Center Chaz Hine and cornerback Quenton Washington signed with the Bucs and will report for the team's rookie minicamp starting Friday. Joining them in NFL camps will be running back Darrell Scott (Cowboys), guard Jeremiah Warren (Patriots), safety Jerrell Young (Jaguars) and receiver A.J. Love (Vikings).
"It's pretty awesome," said Hine, who played at Newsome High, then at USF and now can continue his football career all in the same county.
Hine's only workout had been with the Bucs, and he had the chance to talk with head coach Greg Schiano and both offensive line coaches. He can play any of the interior line positions, but said he expects to get his first look at center for the Bucs.
(UPDATE: USF defensive end Patrick Hampton has gotten a tryout invitation to Packers rookie minicamp, according to agent Glen Lansky of Tampa's Elite Sports Agency.)
USF could have another free-agent signee this summer -- defensive end Claude Davis injured his knee in a senior showcase game but should be able to practice in July and may land an NFL deal once he's healthy. It's reasonable to think a few more Bulls could get spots on a tryout basis at the Bucs' rookie minicamp, as has been the case in past years.