In addition to Byron Jones (Cowboys first-round pick) and Geremy Davis (Giants sixth-round pick), five other players with ties to UConn will be making appearances this weekend at NFL minicamps.
Defensive lineman D.J. McBryde signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent while defensive end Reuben Frank (Lions), wide receiver Deshon Foxx (Seahawks), center Alex Mateas (Jets) and quarterback Chandler Whtimer (Eagles) head to camp on a tryout basis.
Jones is obviously the best known player of the bunch; he missed much of his senior season with a shoulder injury but he blew the doors off the February combine and his pro day and the Cowboys ended up taking him with the 27th overall pick.
Davis was one of the Huskies' most consistent players, no easy chore on an offense that lacked punch for most of his career. But his size and good hands made him an attractive late-round choice for the Giants, and he'll have an opportunity to win a spot on the 53-man roster.
McBryde, who had 33 tackles and 2.0 tackles for loss in his career, admitted that wanted to play for the Eagles, a fact the NFL team made clear in the weeks leading up to the draft.
Mataeas is also considered one of the top prospects in the CFL Draft, Foxx is a burner who can run past anybody, Frank has the size (248 pounds) and speed (4.7 40 time) defensive coordinators look for in outside linebackers, and Whitmer has FBS experience as a starting quarterback.