It is not always a big deal to go undrafted in the NFL Draft. If you are good enough, a team will find you and give you a shot. This happens every year. Teams make their picks, and the draft ends. Then plenty of players sign with teams as free agents. So sometimes it isn’t a bad thing to go undrafted, because then you get to (hopefully) have options and you can make the best decision for yourself.
This is the case for 4 former Cards so far. After not hearing their name called this weekend, Mario Benavides, Adrian Bushell, Jeremy Wright, and Alex Kupper all got the phone calls they were waiting for, and they will get their shot to make an NFL squad.
*C Mario Benavides signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. He started 47 games for the Cards, and has been the anchor on the offensive line. He is also one of the most well-spoken athletes you would ever talk to. He is a great interview, and could definitely have a career on the air waves when his playing days are over. But I think he has plenty of playing days left!
*CB Adrian Bushell signed with the Oakland Raiders. He was a two time All-Big East selection in his 2 year career at UofL. He has been solid in our secondary since he arrived. He got to campus shortly before the 2011 season started, and he made an immediate impact. The secondary was the big question mark going into the season, and he filled that void quickly. I will also always remember his kick return for a TD to open the UConn game in 2011 on the road. Instant momentum in that game.
*RB Jeremy Wright got his deal with the New York Giants. Wright graduated from UofL already, so went ahead and took his talents to the next level. With our stable of running backs next season, he surely would have split time with a healthy Dominique Brown. And like I said, he already graduated, so he went ahead to pursue the next chapter of his football career. Speaking of returning a kick off for a TD, how about Wright doing that against Southern Miss in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl? What a huge play!
*OL Alex Kupper was the first Card to sign with a team when he got a deal with the Houston Texans. The former Trinity High School player started in 26 straight games and played every position on the line.