Three former San Diego State football linemen – long-snapper Jeff Overabugh and tackles Pearce Slater and Darrell Greene – were all signed as undrafted free agents after the conclusion of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Almost immediately after the Draft ended, Overbaugh – who played in 53 games for the Aztecs since 2012 and completed 510 consecutive snaps – was signed by the newly minted Los Angeles Rams.
Slater, who measures at 6-foot-7, 335 lbs,was picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars, one of the up-and-coming teams in the NFL, after starting in 14 games for the 11-win Aztecs in 2015, while helping them produce two 1000-yard rushers.D
Greene signed a one-year, $100,000 contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, with $5,000 of that deal guaranteed.
Greene was expected to rise high on draft boards coming into 2015, but suffered a major setback after he was suspended for six games after testing positive for marijuana.
Without the suspension, Greene’s name would have likely been called during the Draft.
Slater and Overbaugh were both listed as top-300 prospects by ESPN NFL insider Mel Kiper Jr., with Slater at no. 251 and Overbaugh at no. 254.
A third former Aztec, fullback Dakota Gordon, was listed on the top 300 list, coming in at no. 228 – the highest of any SDSU player – but was not drafted and has yet to be signed by an NFL team.
Without an Aztec’s name being called in the 2016 Draft, the team’s six-year streak of having a player drafted ends.
Another streak is likely to begin again in 2017, as running back Donnell Pumphrey, cornerback Damontae Kazee and linebacker Calvin Munson will be leaving for the NFL, among other prospects.
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