LSU OT Chris Faulk signs free agent deal with Cleveland Browns
The heartbreak of not being drafted didn't last long for some LSU players. Several Tigers ended Saturday with free agent deals.
Offensive tackle Chris Faulk agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns, join Barkevious Mingo, while running back Michael Ford and center P.J. Lonergan got a deals with the Chicago Bears and punter Brad Wing and wide receiver Russell Shepard will join Bennie Logan with the Philadelphia Eagles.
LSU finished the day with nine players picked in the three-day draft, which broke the record of eight set in 1948.
"I'm happy to go as a free agent," said Lonergan, a three-year starter who joins former Tiger teammate and fellow Rummel Raider Craig Steltz. "I got a call this morning form the Bears that they might pick me and kept in touch with them all day. You always want to be drafted, but I'm not super disappointed. I've always dreamed of playing in the NFL and I'm going to have fun trying."
Faulk's day was a disappointment, although he expressed happiness in his Facebook post. He donned a Browns cap and title his post Cleveland bound.
Faulk, who is 6-feet-6 and 325 pounds, had hopes of going as high as the third round. He was rated the No. 11 offensive tackle and the No. 112 player overall by NFLdraftscout.com. Going into the 2012 season Faulk was judged to be a sure first round pick by the end of the season. But he tore two ligaments in his right knee during practice after LSU's season opener.
The injury required two surgeries last fall and Faulk was unable to run or do drills during pre-draft workouts. He got some positive feedback in visits with teams, but never got the call.
Wing said he was excited about going to Philadelphia. He was on the phone with the Eagles officials who said they might use their seventh round pick on him if another player was not available. He left LSU with two seasons of eligibility remaining after being suspended tice for testing positive for drugs.
"I knew I was going with them," said Wing, the left-footed Australian who was an All American as a redshirt freshman and averaged 44.8 yards per kick last season. "They've been real good and it's a good fit and the best opportunity for me."
Ford, a high-touted high school recruit who never realized his potential, said the day was bittersweet. He rushed for 756 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore but fell down the depth chart last season and tailed off to 392 yards.
"It feels great, amazing," said the 5-feet-10, 215-pounder from Leesville, who passed on his senior season. "At the same time it was disappointing. They said I have a chance to compete for the No. 2 job. I just have to go up there and work hard, I just want to play football."
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Good Luck to all of them.
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