W&M, ODU, JMU, Va. Tech, Richmond players sign with NFL teams as undrafted free agents

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Soon after the NFL draft concluded Saturday evening, signings of undrafted players began.

Among players with state connections, there were plenty to pick, since the only players from schools in Virginia who were chosen in the seven-round draft were from Virginia Tech: Chuck Clark, Bucky Hodges, Sam Rogers and Isaiah Ford.

William and Mary offensive lineman Jerry Ugokwe went to the Indianapolis Colts. Tribe running back Kendell Anderson gained a chance with the Atlanta Falcons, as did James Madison defensive back Taylor Reynolds.

The Chicago Bears signed Old Dominion wide receiver Rashaad Coward and James Madison offensive lineman Mitchell Kirsch.

ODU receiver Zach Pascal went to the Washington Redskins.

"I'm blessed to have this opportunity to continue to play this game," Pascal said Sunday afternoon. "I'm ready to work, honestly. I'm going to give it all I've got."

The Denver Broncos signed Virginia Tech defensive lineman Ken Ekanem, and Hokies defensive tackle Nigel Williams went to the Buffalo Bills.

Former Virginia Tech running back Trey Edmunds, who transferred to Maryland, hooked up with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Virginia Tech offensive lineman Jonathan McLaughlin signed with the Arizona Cardinals. Former Hokies defensive tackle Woody Baron signed with the Dallas Cowboys, as did Richmond wide receiver Brian Brown, who led the Spiders with 1,485 yards receiving and 11 touchdown catches.

Richmond safety David Jones, who missed the latter part of the season because of injury, signed with the New England Patriots.

The Seattle Seahawks invited quarterback Michael Birdsong to their rookie minicamp. He graduated from Matoaca High and played for James Madison, Marshall and Tennessee Tech.

The Cincinnati Bearcats' Mike Tyson, a safety from Lake Taylor High, went to the Seahawks.

Richmond alumnus Omar Howard, a linebacker who grew up in Midlothian, was invited to the Los Angeles Chargers' rookie minicamp.

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