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Undrafted WSU Cougars sign on with NFL teams

Hercules Mata’afa leads the way, while many of his teammates will also get a shot at the league.

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Frankie Luvu is getting a shot at the NFL with the New York Jets.
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The Washington State Cougars had just two players selected in the NFL draft over the weekend, but Cole Madison and Luke Falk aren’t the only guys who will get a shot at a professional career.

We’ll do our best to track where each WSU alumnus heading to an NFL camp is heading, but be forewarned: It can be tough to tell who has signed an actual undrafted free agent agreement — which include a signing bonus — and who has merely received a rookie minicamp invite, which is basically an extended tryout.

We’ll update as we learn more.

Hercules Mata’afa: Minnesota Vikings, UDFA

Given Mata’afa’s rating by most media scouts, the presumption here would be that this is a UDFA deal.

Daniel Ekuale: Cleveland Browns, UDFA

Per Stefanie Loh at The Seattle Times:

Ekuale said the Raiders – who drafted Shalom Luani in the seventh round last year – were the first team to call toward the end of the draft. But he ultimately signed with the Browns instead in part because he might have a better chance of making the team in Cleveland since the Raiders just drafted two defensive tackles.

Frankie Luvu: New York Jets, UDFA

Jamal Morrow: Seattle Seahawks, mini-camp tryout

After leaving without a contract, it looks like Morrow also will get a shot with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Dylan Hanser: Atlanta Falcons, mini-camp tryout

Gerard Wicks: New Orleans Saints, (likely) mini-camp tryout

Cody O’Connell: Kansas City Chiefs, mini-camp tryout

Others Weighing Options

Both Loh and the Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson are reporting these players are weighing the following mini-camp invitations:

  • Erik Powell: Houston Texans, perhaps others?

No word yet: Tavares Martin Jr., Marcellus Pippins, Robert Taylor or Robert Lewis.