NFL Draft recap: Five former Terps signed deals this weekend


(2011 photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

With the NFL draft completed and rookie minicamps around the corner, here’s a quick breakdown of where five former Maryland players wound up:

>> Wide receiver Kevin Dorsey was the lone draftee, picked 224th overall (seventh round, 18th pick) by the Green Bay Packers. Minicamp runs from May 10-12.

>> Defensive lineman A.J. Francis signed as an undrafted free agent with the Miami Dolphins, then got engaged an hour later. He returns to South Florida, where he spent the winter training for the draft, for minicamp from May 3-5.

>> Defensive lineman Joe Vellano was the last of Maryland’s five signees to ink a deal, latching on with the New England Patriots on Monday. He reports to Foxborough, Mass. on Thursday.

>> Linebacker Darin Drakeford (Kansas City Chiefs, May 10-12) and tight end Matt Furstenburg (Baltimore Ravens, May 3-5) also signed as UDFAs. I reached out to both, and will update when possible.

>> Among the notable unsigned former Terps are linebackers Kenneth Tate and Demetrius Hartsfield. I traded text messages with Hartsfield this week. He said he’s been communicating with several NFL teams, but after rehabbing a torn anterior cruciate ligament is waiting until doctors clear him fully before signing.

As for Tate, some unconfirmed rumors floated around Twitter that he had latched onto the Philadelphia Eagles, but the Eagles announced the signing of nine UDFAs, and Tate wasn’t on the list. If anything, he could still receive a rookie minicamp invitation, albeit just as a tryout. After announcing he would return to Maryland for his senior season, the NFL Draft advisory board told Tate, then a safety before switching to linebacker, he would have been a second- or third-round selection in the 2011 draft.

More NFL draft coverage at The Insider.

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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