Texas Tech shut out in draft, but four players land FA deals

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Although the Texas Tech football program was shut out during draft weekend for a second consecutive year, four Red Raiders agreed to terms on free-agent deals Saturday.

The list included free safety Cody Davis, a Stephenville High School graduate who signed with St. Louis.

Other signees include quarterback Seth Doege (Atlanta), offensive lineman and Richland High School grad Deveric Gallington (Oakland) and offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle (Detroit).

Two former Oklahoma State players from Tarrant County high schools also landed free-agent deals: offensive guard Lane Taylor, an Arlington Martin graduate, signed with Green Bay; and kicker/punter Quinn Sharp, a three-time All-American from Mansfield Summit, agreed to terms with Cincinnati.

Texas A&M signees included defensive back Steven Terrell (Jacksonville), defensive back Dustin Harris (Dallas), receiver Uzoma Nwachukwu (Houston), center Patrick Lewis (Green Bay), defensive tackle Spencer Nealy (New York Jets) and defensive back C.J. Jones (Kansas City).

Other players from area colleges who announced free-agent deals include Baylor receiver Lanear Sampson (Indianapolis), Stephen F. Austin/former Baylor defensive end Willie Jefferson (Houston), and Oklahoma State linebacker and Keller’s Alex Elkins (Detroit).

Former Southlake Carroll quarterback Kyle Padron, who played at Eastern Washington, signed a free agent deal with Oakland.

SEC dominance

Not only did the SEC set a record in the 2013 NFL Draft with the most picks from any conference (63), but the league’s varying divisions scored as high or higher than any other league during the three-day session.

The breakdown of players selected from the SEC division, as well as other FBS leagues: SEC East (32), SEC West (31), ACC (31), Pac-12 (28), Big 12 (22) and Big Ten (22).

The previous mark for most picks from a single conference in one draft was 55, set by the Pac-10 in 1983.

Finally together

Two of Saturday’s draft picks by the Arizona Cardinals, Texas defensive end Alex Okafor and Texas A&M receiver Ryan Swope, finally will become teammates after meeting five times as opponents.

In addition to three meetings in college, Okafor (Pflugerville) and Swope (Austin Westlake) played on teams that met twice in high school.

Tarleton selection

Tarleton State defensive end Rufus Johnson was a sixth-round pick by the New Orleans Saints.

“All I could think about was my family when I received the call from the Saints organization,” Johnson told tarletonsports.com. “This is what I have been playing for and training for my whole life. This is truly a blessing and I am proud to be a Saint.”

Johnson, who played at Dallas Spurce, is only the second Tarleton player to be drafted.

The other was James Dearth in 1999.

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