Hopefuls such as Max Bullough, Denicos Allen and Isaiah Lewis seemed the most likely to be picked in the later rounds among the rest of the Spartans. But when the seventh round concluded Saturday night, Dennard stood as the lone player drafted from the Spartans' 13-win, Rose Bowl champion team.
Many of the 13 hopefuls will gain free-agent opportunities – which already are rolling in, as Tyler Hoover tweeted immediately following the seventh round that he had signed with the Indianapolis Colts.
Bullough, Allen and Lewis each seemed likely to be taken from rounds 5-7 on Saturday, with some mock drafts having Bullough as high as the third round.
He signed with the Houston Texans later Saturday, while Lewis tweeted he would be a Cincinnati, joining Dennard as a Bengal and Allen will join the Carolina Panthers.
Reynolds initially tweeted that he would be a New England Patriot, but later decided to sign with New Orleans. Fowler posted that he will be a Denver Bronco.
God is truly great. I can finally say that all of my hard work has paid off. Happy to be able to say that I'm a Cincinnati BENGAL!!!— Isaiah Lewis (@showtimezo9) May 11, 2014
Happy to announce that I will be a DENVER BRONCO ??????— Bennie Fowler (@b_fowler13) May 10, 2014
Excited to get to work and back to what I'm best at... Football! #Texans— Max Bullough (@Bullough40) May 11, 2014
congrats to @Bullough40 for signing with the Houston Texans!!!!!!— Riley Bullough (@RileyBullough) May 10, 2014
So one thing that I am learning too quickly is that this is a business. Just made a major businiess decision. I will playing for the Saints.— Caj Reynolds (@CallMeCaj60) May 11, 2014