Five undrafted Mountaineers signed by NFL teams

Five undrafted Mountaineers signed by NFL teams
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By David Rogers. April 27, 2019. BOONE, NC — While the Mountaineers were snubbed through the full seven rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft this weekend, a flurry of undrafted free agent (UDFA) signings is bringing potential rich opportunity to five former App State players.

Signings as of 11:00 pm Saturday night:

  • Clifton Duck, Cornerback, to the Chicago Bears
  • Tae Hayes, Cornerback, to the Jacksonville Jaguars
  • MyQuon Stout, Defensive Tackle, to the New York Jets
  • Austin Exford, Safety, to the Houston Texans
  • Jalin Moore, Running Back, to the New York Jets

Other Mountaineer graduates hoping to find a UDFA roster spot in the NFL include:

  • Elias McMurry, Long Snapper
  • Anthony Flory, Linebacker
  • Dominique Heath, Wide Receiver

In signing with the Jets, Stout and Moore will be united with former App State safety Doug Middleton, a 3-year NFL veteran.

Not including Saturday’s UDFA signings, Appalachian State has nine alums currently listed on NFL rosters, including Ronald Blair (defensive end, San Francisco 49ers), Parker Collins (center, Carolina Panthers), Colby Gossett (guard, Arizona Cardinals), A.J. Howard (safety, New England Patriots), Daniel Kilgore (center, Miami Dolphins), Kendall Lamm (offensive tackle, Cleveland Browns), Sam Martin (punter, Detroit Lions), Doug Middleton (safety, New York Jets) & Brian Quick (wide receiver, Washington Redskins).

Other former Mountaineers on professional football rosters include Ed Gainey (Canadian Football League, defensive back, Saskatchewan Roughriders), Joel Ross (Canadian Football League, defensive back, Hamilton Tigercats), Kennan Gilchrist (Canadian Football League, linebacker, Toronto Argonauts), Armanti Edwards (Canadian Football League, wide receiver, Toronto Argonauts), Ike Lewis (Canadian Football League, wide receiver, Montreal Alouettes), and Malachi Jones (Arena Football League, wide receiver, Albany Empire).

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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