Several Terps signed to NFL teams

April 28, 2019 - 1:22 pm

The NFL draft may be over, but the signings are still underway.

Four Terps were drafted this week from both the offense and defense.

The first safety to get the call in the NFL draft was Darnell Savage Jr, who was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the first round.  Although, it was surprising to see a safety get called by the Packers as their first pick, it was still an honor for the Terp.

"To hear my name called on draft night is realization of a life-long dream.  I am ecstatic to be a Green Bay Packer."

Savage, who was one of the three Terps invited to the combine ran a 4.36 40-yard dash and had the second-best time of all defensive backs and eighth-best of the total combine.

The next Terp to get the call was Auburn transfer Byron Cowart.  The defensive lineman was selected by the New England Patriots in the 5th round.

Maryland running back, Ty Johnson, who was not invited to the combine, was selected by the Detroit Lions in the 6th round.  Johnson was the third Terp to be selected in the draft.  Johnson was also used on special teams as a returner and could be a key for the Lions this upcoming season.  On October 6,  Johnson had a 98-yard return against the Wolverines giving Maryland the lead 7-3.  

The final Terp to be selected was Derwin Gray.  The offensive lineman was drafted in the 7th round by the Pittsburgh Steelers, on Saturday.  Gray started 25 games during his time at Maryland.

A name who was surprisingly not picked in the draft was linebacker Tre Watson.  He originally tweeted a picture of the Washington Redskin's logo saying he signed with them and then deleted it.  He is now signed with the Miami Dolphins as undrafted free agent.  Watson was not invited to the combine but visited several teams including the New York Giants, who seemed the most interested.

Another Terp, who was not drafted, but will be getting a local try out is wide receiver Taivon Jacobs.  Jacobs signed with the Baltimore Ravens on April 27 to attend their rookie mini-camp May 3-4. 

A few other Terps that will be hopeful to make their mark on teams are: offensive lineman Brendan Moore (49ers), RaVon Davis (Steelers), and Jesse Aniebonam (Texans).