There are six rookies currently on NFL rosters and attending training camps around the country. Two were drafted in the 2016 NFL Draft and the other four were signed as free agents.
- Rashard Higgins is an all-America wide receiver who holds eight Colorado State school records. The Cleveland Browns drafted him in the 5th round. ESPN’s Todd McShay called Higgins the best route-runner in the Draft, adding, “He can catch the ball and make plays after the catch.”
- Cory James had 240 tackles, and forced four fumbles during his time with the Rams. He was a 2015 All-Mountain West defender while splitting time at linebacker and defensive end. James was drafted in the sixth round by the Oakland Raiders.
- Sam Carlson was a two-year starter on the offensive line in 2014 and 2015 at Colorado State and was signed by the Tennessee Titans in May of 2016.
- Kivon Cartwright signed on with the Tampa Bay Bucs as a free agent after the tight end registered 18 catches for 279 yards and two touchdowns during his senior year.
- DeAndre Elliot went undrafted and signed as a free agent with the Seattle Seahawks. The defensive back had 32 tackles, 2 interceptions and a blocked field goal in his senior year.
- Joe Hansley made it onto the Oakland Raider’s 90 man roster and has continued to impress. If HBO was doing Hard Knocks in Oakland, Hansley would be one of the big stories to watch. If he continues to make catches and demonstrate his versatility, he might very well advance beyond training camp.
We’ll be keeping an eye on all of these players during camp to see which ones actually wind up making the final team.
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