THE NFL DRAFT IS THIS WEEKEND AND SOME BLACK BEARS HOPE TO HEAR THEIR NAMES CALLED. THEIR HOPES ARE HIGH AS A RESULT OF SOME NFL SUCCESS BY FORMER TEAMMATES.
There are currently four former Umaine players now in the NFL….. Stephen Cooper, Mike Flynn, Montel Owens and Brandon McGowan.
None of them were drafted. But it shows, and NFL teams seem to be learning, that some Umaine players are good enough to make the jump.
Defensive back Daren Stone could become the highest pick ever from Umaine…. John Huard was taken in the 5th round in 1967.
More recently Justin Strzelczyk played 11 years for the Steelers through the 90’s…. And 10 year veteran lineman Mike Flynn is still active.
In all there have been 32 players signed for tryouts with NFL teams. 22 of them since 1990 and there were four last year.
Stone, Mike Devito, Matt King and Arel Gordon are possibilities this year.