Now that the NFL draft has come and gone, here’s an annual roster check of former Mizzou players scattered across the NFL. By the latest count, there are 24 former MU players on NFL rosters either as signed veterans, signed undrafted rookies or unsigned drafted rookies. All contract figures are courtesy Spotrac.com, including some estimates for undrafted rookies.
Here's how these 24 NFL players break down according to their recruiting class:
Connor McGovern, offensive guard/center: 2016 draft pick, signed through 2019
2019 cap hit: $2.09 million.
McGovern will open training camp as Denver’s starting center after moving there late last season when Matt Paradis broke his leg. The Broncos didn’t re-sign Paradis after the season, opening the door for McGovern to establish himself as the team’s clear starter in his contract year.
Drew Lock, quarterback: 2019 draft pick, second round, No. 42 overall
2019 cap hit: TBA
Lock surprisingly slipped to the second round but didn’t last long before the Broncos traded up and snatched the fourth quarterback of the draft on Friday. Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki, the 42nd selection in last year’s draft, signed a four-year contract worth $6.6 million with a signing bonus close to $2.9 million. Lock can expect a rookie contract in that range. Lock was the No. 1 quarterback on Denver’s board, but GM John Elway had other priorities in the first round and didn’t necessarily expect Lock to be available 10 picks into the second round. Denver held the 20th pick in the second round, No. 52 overall. The Broncos swapped picks with Cincinnati to move to 42. "Miami was in front of us (at 48), and I'd heard some other teams (were interested),” Elway told reporters. “We didn't know if he was going to get by the Raiders (at 40). There's a lot scuttlebutt out there. Plus, with Miami in front of us, we thought that that was one we had to get in front of. Just started at the top, and we were able to get a deal done with Cincinnati, so it worked out very well."
Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Chargers
Sean Culkin, tight end: undrafted in 2017, signed through 2019
2019 cap hit: $649,000
Culkin made the Chargers’ roster as an undrafted rookie two years ago and has been a valuable blocker, making 10 starts in 2018. He’ll have some competition for playing time and a roster spot this fall as former first-round pick Hunter Henry returns from a knee injury.
Evan Boehm, guard/center: 2018 free agent, signed through 2019
2019 cap hit: $3.095 million
Picked up off the Rams’ practice squad last year, Boehm made four starts in place of injured starting center Ryan Kelly. Boehm was an unrestricted free agent but signed his one-year tender from the Colts and returns as a valuable and versatile backup.
Damarea Crockett, running back: 2019 undrafted free agent
2019 cap hit: $495,000
Crockett, signed to a three-year deal worth $1.755 million, was advised to return to Missouri for his senior year but liked his chances in the 2019 draft pool better than 2020. He was not among the 25 running backs drafted and instead will take his chances in Houston, a team that returns veteran back Lamar Miller and third-year backup D’Onta Foreman. Crockett could earn a roster spot with a strong training camp and preseason.
Walter Palmore, defensive tackle: 2019 undrafted free agent
2019 cap hit: TBA
Palmore quietly had a productive senior year as a run-stuffer alongside Terry Beckner Jr. The Texans run a base 3-4 defense with Brandon Dunn in place as the starting nose tackle.
Beau Brinkley, long snapper: undrafted in 2015, signed through 2019
2019 cap hit: $1.481 million
Brinkley returns to Nashville as one of the league’s best long snappers and remains the league’s second-highest-paid player at the position.
Sheldon Richardson, defensive lineman: 2019 free agent, signed through 2021
2019 cap hit: $9.666 million
On his fourth team in seven years, Richardson cashed in during free agency with a three-year, $37-million dollar deal. His new deal guaranteed him $15 million when he signed. The former first-round pick hasn’t made the Pro Bowl since 2014 but he’s made more than $25 million in cash earnings. He’s expected to be a huge piece for a resurgent franchise.
Marcus Murphy, running back: 2016 draft pick, signed through 2019
2019 cap hit: $720,000
The former Saint and Jet has filled multiple roles for the Bills as a running back and return specialist. The Bills return LeSean McCoy, signed ageless Frank Gore and former Jaguars starter T.J. Yeldon in free agency and just drafted Florida Atlantic’s Devin Singletary in the third round. All that means is Murphy has to earn his spot returning kicks.
Mitch Morse, center: 2019 free agent, signed through 2022
2019 cap hit: $10.9 million
The former Kansas City Chief signed one of the biggest contracts of the offseason, a four-year deal worth $44.5 million, which gives him the highest salary of any center in the league for 2019. Remarkable for the former Tiger who tried playing center at college but struggled to get the ball back to the quarterback. Now he’s expected to anchor a line protecting second-year QB Josh Allen.
E.J. Gaines, cornerback: 2019 free agent, signed through 2019
2019 cap hit: $1.787 million
After spending one season in Cleveland, Gaines returns to Buffalo, where he played in 2017. He’ll have the chance to compete for playing time against newly signed Kevin Johnson and newly drafted Jaquan Johnson, plus incumbent starter Tra’Davious White.
Charles Harris, defensive end: 2017 draft pick, signed through 2020
2019 cap hit: $2.957 million
A first-round pick in 2017, Harris has produced just three sacks and made only three starts his first two years in Miami. He’ll have an opportunity to start this fall after the Dolphins lost Cameron Wake to Tennessee in free agency.
New York Jets
New England Patriots
Terez Hall, linebacker: 2019 undrafted free agent
2019 cap hit: $498,333
Hall signed a three-year deal worth $1.765 million with $80,000 guaranteed. Not bad for an undrafted rookie. He figures to have a chance on special teams with the Pats and could work his way into a backup role at linebacker for the Super Bowl champs.
Los Angeles Rams
Kendall Blanton, tight end: 2019 undrafted free agent
2019 cap hit: $495,000
The Rams didn’t throw much to their tight ends last year but return starter Tyler Higbee at the position. Blanton, signed to a three-year deal worth $1.755 million, is more than willing to block at the point of attack and could offer some size and athleticism as a receiver if he gets a serious look in training camp.
San Francisco 49ers
Marcus Lucas, receiver/tight end: Undrafted in 2014, signed through 2020
2019 cap hit: $660,000
Lucas has bulked up to 250 pounds and converted to tight end and will attempt to make a 49ers roster that includes George Kittle and newly drafted Kaden Smith of Stanford. The former Mizzou wideout has become the ultimate journeyman, spending time with eight different organizations.
Justin Britt, center: 2014 draft pick, signed through 2020
2019 cap hit: $7.916 million
The veteran of Mizzo’s burgeoning O-LINE ZOU, Britt has been Seattle’s starting center the last three seasons and become a major investment along the Seahawks’ O-line.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Blaine Gabbert, quarterback: 2019 free agent, signed through 2019
2019 cap hit: $1.593 million
After stops in Jacksonville, San Francisco and Arizona, the former first-round pick spent last year in Nashville, where he started a playoff game for the Titans and has since resurfaced in Tampa where he’s reunited with Bruce Arians, his coach in Arizona. He’ll open preseason camp as Jameis Winston’s backup. The Bucs were thought to be in the market for a QB in the draft but didn’t take one.
Terry Beckner Jr., defensive lineman: 2019 draft pick, seventh round, No. 215 overall
2019 cap hit: TBA
The No. 215 player in last year’s draft was Ravens center Bradley Bozeman, who signed a four-year deal for $2.578 million. That should be Beckner’s ballpark for his rookie deal. The Bucs plan to play him at defensive end in its 3-4 package and could move him inside on four-man looks. “He's just a big strong run-stuffer,” Bucs director of college scouting Mike Biehl said. “He was a big-time recruit coming out. He had some knee injuries that hit him over his career but still we see a good player who can help us against the run and still give us something against the pass. … Big, strong guy. That's a big part of his game. He plays with some anger to him and he's physical. He can take up blocks and athletic enough to get off them and make some plays, too."
New Orleans Saints
Chase Daniel, quarterback: 2019 free agent, signed through 2019
2019 cap hit: $6 million
The former Saint, Chief and Eagle headed to Chicago last year to take over as the primary backup to 2017 first-rounder Mitchell Trubisky and led the Bears to a Thanksgiving Day win over Detroit. He’s the only player from Mizzou’s vaunted 2009 draft class still on an NFL roster —and he wasn’t drafted! Daniel’s cash earnings through 10 years in the league exceed $28 million.
Emanuel Hall, wide receiver: 2019 undrafted free agent
2019 cap hit: $495,000
One of the biggest surprises of the draft was Hall not only slipping out of the third- and fourth-round range but going undrafted entirely. His torn groin injury might have factored into the snub, but in Chicago he figures to have a chance to make the roster on a team short of many established weapons on the outside.
Green Bay Packers
J’Mon Moore, receiver: 2018 draft pick, signed through 2021
2019 cap hit: $683,089
The two-time 1,000-yard receiver at MU went to the Packers in the fourth round last year but struggled to make the team’s rotation at wide receiver. He appeared in 12 games and made just two catches for 15 yards. The Packers didn’t draft a receiver this year.
Kentrell Brothers, linebacker: 2016 draft pick, signed through 2019
2019 cap hit: $778,170
Brothers is Minnesota’s backup weakside linebacker and plays mostly on special teams. He’s appeared in 38 games with 12 career tackles.
New York Giants
Markus Golden, linebacker: 2019 free agent, signed through 2019
2019 cap hit: $3.281 million
Golden left Arizona after four years there to become a pass-rushing outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme that suits him better than last year’s 4-3 defense in the desert. With a one-year deal, the former Affton Cougar is betting on himself that he can have a rebound season in Gotham.
Paul Adams, offensive lineman: 2019 undrafted free agent
2019 cap hit: TBA
The O-line is hardly the Giants’ strength—is there one?—but Adams might have to prove he can play multiple positions along the front five to secure a spot in training camp. A natural right tackle, he took some reps at guard and center while auditioning for teams.
Russell Hansbrough, running back: 2018 free agent, signed to reserve/future clause in January 2019
2019 cap hit:TBA
Hansbrough has bounced around several rosters and last year signed with the Redskins. The team returns Adrian Peterson, drafted Stanford’s Bryce Love this year and get Derrius Guice back from injury.
Unsigned free agents include defensive tackle Ziggy Hood, linebacker Shane Ray, defensive end Kony Ealy and defensive end Jacquies Smith. Ray’s original deal with Denver was for four years with an option for 2019 but the Broncos didn’t exercise that option this offseason, making him an unrestricted free agent. Undrafted rookie safety Cam Hilton has a tryout with the San Francisco 49ers but has not secured a contract. Other undrafted hopefuls from MU’s 2019 class include punter Cory Fatony, linebacker Brandon Lee and offensive lineman Kevin Pendleton.
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