As these things happen there are some situations where a team does not end up drafting players. But not all hope is lost, because there is always the Undrafted Free Agency!
Mr. Donte Deayon was not selected in the 2016 NFL Draft. He was, however, immediately contacted by the New York Giants. And guess what?
He will be with other ballhawk Darian Thompson in New York!
This is fantastic news for guys who just want/need a chance to show their abilities to teams. And the Giants are going to give two of the best Boise State defensive backs a chance to thrive.
Mr. Thompson ended his career with the Broncos with 40 games played; 111 total tackles; 44 assists; one sack; eight tackles for loss; two forced fumbles; 17 interceptions.
The Bronco great punished teams for throwing to his side of the field. He was a two time Jim Thorpe Award candidate and a three time all-Mountain West Conference second team selection.
Mr. Deayon was on pace, with Darian Thompson, to break or at least tie the Mountain West Conference career interceptions record until he got injured in the Colorado State game. The injury prevented him from continuing the hunt for the interceptions record and he "only" ended up fifth for Boise State in career interceptions and third in the Mountain West.
Congratulations to Mr. Deayon as he continues his professional career on the next level.
Mr. Gray was a bit of an iron man for the Broncos having tallied 52 games in his solid career. Now he gets to continue that stretch on the next level. As Jay Ajayi's teammate as a Miami Dolphin!!
Mr. Gray played as a true freshman for the Broncos and appeared in all but one game over that course. For his career he had: 91 total tackles; 93 assists; five sacks; 14 tackles for loss; five forced fumbles; four fumble recoveries; and three interceptions.
Mr. Gray was a leader in the Broncos' most consistent unit, linebackers. Most will remember his Bronco finale in the Poinsettia Bowl where he had two fumble recoveries and seven tackles against Northern Illinois.
The Dolphins could have rivaled Dallas' status of "hoarding Broncos" but they decided to trade Jamar Taylor to the Browns. Their loss.
Congratulations to Mr. Gray on his next adventure.
Not to be outdone, Mr. Henry will also get a chance to draw a paycheck from an NFL team. The New Orleans Saints.
Mr. Henry followed in the footsteps of Super Bowl winner Matt Paradis. While a Bronco he appeared in 38 games and started 27 as center.
He was no slouch either as he made some prestigious lists and some notoriety.
- Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List (2015)
- Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List (2015)
- Rimington Trophy Preseason Watch List (2015)
- 2x All-Mountain West First Team (2014-15)
- 2x Academic All-Mountain West (2012-13)
He was the anchor and "quarterback" for the Mountain West's top scoring team at 39.1 points per game. While the offensive had some of their struggles this year, Mr. Henry certainly did his job admirably. And now he gets to continue that exceptional job for the Saints.
Congratulations Mr. Henry!