For the second straight season, two Northwestern Wildcats found their NFL homes via the NFL Draft, with Dean Lowry and Dan Vitale being selected in the 2016 NFL Draft. But a number of Wildcats are also moving onto the NFL as well, signing with teams as undrafted free agents. This post will be updated throughout the afternoon and evening as Wildcats sign after the draft completes.
Deonte Gibson signs with the Detroit Lions
Deonte Gibson to Lions
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 30, 2016
Per Aaron Wilson, former Northwestern DE Deonte Gibson has signed as an undrafted free agent with the Detroit Lions.
Gibson was projected as a 3-4 OLB in the NFL, but the Lions run a 4-3 so it’ll be interesting to see where the play him in minicamp.
Traveon Henry signs with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Northwestern safety Traveon Henry is signing with Bucs as undrafted rookie free agent, @BradBiggs reports.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) May 1, 2016
According to reports, Traveon Henry will join Dan Vitale in Tampa Bay, signing as an undrafted free agent with the Bucs.
Henry could find a role for himself as a safety-linebacker hybrid that’s becoming a trend in the NFL right now. His lack of speed certainly hurts him, but he has the strength and the tackling ability to make plays on special teams.
Miles Shuler invited to the New York Giants minicamp
— Pat Fitzgerald (@coachfitz51) May 1, 2016
While still unsigned, former Northwestern wideout Miles Shuler has been invited to participate in the New York Giants minicamp. Should he perform well, he’ll have a chance to make the Giants, or another team’s training camp roster.
Shuler didn’t garner much interest prior to the draft, but his speed has to have teams intrigued about the possibility of him as a return specialist or a deep threat if he can put on some weight.