Almost as soon as the 256th and final pick in the 2014 NFL Draft was made, teams went to work signing the guys who didn’t hear their name called over the last three days.
The Green Bay Packers have reportedly signed 12 undrafted free agents and have issued at least one invitation to next week’s rookie camp for a tryout.
The players signed include:
- Jake Doughty, LB, Utah State
- Jayrone Elliott, LB, Toledo
- John Fullington, OL, Washington State
- Carlos Gray, DL, North Carolina State
- Jordan McCray, OL, UCF
- Rajion Neal, RB, Tennessee
- Mike Pennel, Colorado State-Pueblo
- Justin Perillo, TE, Maine
- Chase Rettig, QB, Boston College
- James Sims, RB, Kansas
- Joe Thomas, LB, South Carolina State
- Ryan White, CB, Auburn
All of the signings were reported via various outlets on social media.
Additionally, linebacker Nate Dreiling of Pittsburg State, a Division II school in Kansas, has received an invitation to rookie camp.
Here is some more information on the new signings:
Jake Doughty, LB, Utah State: Doughty, listed at 6-feet and 234 pounds by the Utah State official athletic department website, made 148 tackles in 14 games last season, 12 of them for loss, with two sacks and an interception. He was the Defensive Most Valuable Player of the Poinsettia Bowl, in which the Aggies beat Northern Illinois 21-14. Doughty had eight tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and forced a fumble in the game. He did have some off-field trouble at Utah State—he was arrested in March 2013 on charges of supplying alcohol to minors.
Utah State’s Jake Doughty Signs Free Agent Contract With Green Bay Packers… http://t.co/9bPMeQiaiO
— Utah State Football (@USUFootball) May 11, 2014
Jayrone Elliott, LB, Toledo: Elliott, 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds (h/t utrockets.com) played defensive end in college, but will be a linebacker if he makes it in the NFL. He had 70 tackles, 14 for loss, for the Rockets last season to go with nine sacks and five forced fumbles. He was a first-team All-Mid-American Conference honoree.
Congratulations to Jayrone Elliott who said he will be signing with Green Bay. Packers got a real winner and fine young man. #GoRockets
— Paul Helgren (@UTPaulHelgren) May 10, 2014
John Fullington, OL, Washington State: Fullington, 6-foot-5 and 301 pounds (h/t wsucougars.com), made 43 consecutive starts, including five at right guards and eight at right tackle as a senior, but started two games at left tackle and 10 at left guard as a junior, so he’s versatile. He played left guard for his entire sophomore season and started one game at right tackle and five at left tackle as a true freshman—one of only nine true freshmen in the country to start at least one game at the left tackle spot in 2010.
Congrats to WSU Offensive Lineman, John Fullington, for signing with the Green Bay Packers! #GoCougs
— WSUCougFootball (@wsucougfb) May 11, 2014
Carlos Gray, DL, North Carolina State: Gray, 6-foot-3 and 296 pounds (h/t gopack.com), played defensive tackle for the Wolfpack, recording 23 tackles, 3.5 for loss, and 2.5 sacks in 11 games. Gray came out after his redshirt sophomore year at North Carolina State, but did not do well at his pro day, recording 21 reps in the bench press at 225 pounds to go with a 5.2 40-yard dash and weighing in at 313, according to NFLDraftScout.com.
North Carolina State DL Carlos Gray to the Green Bay Packers, according to a source
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 11, 2014
Jordan McCray, OL, UCF: McCray, 6-foot-3 and 310 pounds (h/t ucfknights.com), started all 13 games for the Knights at left guard and was a first-team All-American Athletic Conference selection. He also started eight games at right guard earlier in his career, seven as a junior in 2012.
Here’s what I’m hearing: Jordan McCray to Green Bay Packers, Justin McCray to Tennessee Titans and Chris Martin to Houston Texans.
— Paul Tenorio (@osknights) May 10, 2014
Rajion Neal, RB, Tennessee: Neal, 5-foot-11 and 212 pounds (h/t utsports.com), started 12 games for the Volunteers, rushing for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns while averaging 5.2 yards per carry. As a receiver, he had 27 catches for 108 yards as a senior after catching four touchdown passes as a junior. He earned the starting job as a junior, rushing for 708 yards in 10 games as he was slowed by an ankle injury.
Former Tennessee RB Rajion Neal has agreed to a deal with the #Packers.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) May 10, 2014
Mike Pennel, DT, Colorado State-Pueblo: Pennel, a giant at 6-foot-5 and 363 pounds (h/t gothunderwolves.com), played the 2012 season at Arizona State before transferring to CSU-Pueblo as a senior. He had 36 tackles, six for loss, and three sacks as a senior, while also forcing three fumbles. He was suspended twice at Arizona State, according to NFL.com, and projects as a short-yardage, goal-line gap filler.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) May 11, 2014
Justin Perillo, TE, Maine: Perillo, 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds (h/t goblackbears.com), was an All-Colonial Athletic Association performer at the FCS level as a senior. He caught 39 passes as a senior for 490 yards and four touchdowns.
— Eric Gullickson (@gullysports) May 11, 2014
Chase Rettig, QB, Boston College: Rettig, 6-foot-3 and 206 pounds (h/t bceagles.com), started all 13 games for the Eagles as a senior, throwing for 1,995 yards with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He made 46 starts in all at Boston College, including starting every game as a sophomore, junior and senior, with 45 of those starts consecutive. Rettig is fourth on the school’s all-time passing list behind former NFL quarterbacks Doug Flutie and Glenn Foley and current Atlanta QB Matt Ryan.
I couldn’t be prouder of Chase Rettig. Just signed with the Green Bay Packers. They signed a gem!
— Ryan P Day (@ryandaytime) May 10, 2014
James Sims, RB, Kansas: Sims, 6-feet and 200 pounds (h/t kuathletics.com), was a second-team All-Big 12 selection as a senior. He ran for 1,155 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, averaging 4.8 yards a carry, and is third on Kansas’ all-time rushing list with 3,592 career yards and second with 34 touchdowns.
James Sims picked up by Green Bay: Former Kansas University running back James Sims was not drafted during this… http://t.co/nMLYvjiNcH
— Lawrence Journal (@lawrencejournal) May 11, 2014
Joe Thomas, LB, South Carolina State: Thomas, 6-feet and 230 pounds (h/t scsuathletics.com), was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year last season after making 115 tackles, 19 for loss, and recording 7.5 sacks, an interception and a forced fumble.
— Packers News (@PGPackersNews) May 11, 2014
Ryan White, CB, Auburn: White, 5-foot-11 and 196 pounds (h/t auburntigers.com), started two games for the Tigers last season and made 54 tackles with one interception and one forced fumble while also serving as the team’s holder on place kicks.
Former Auburn CB/S Ryan White has agreed to terms with the Green Bay Packers.
— Phillip Marshall (@PMARSHONAU) May 10, 2014
Tags: Auburn Boston College Carlos Gray Chase Rettig Colorado State-Pueblo Green Bay Packers Jake Doughty James Sims Jayrone Elliott Joe Thomas John Fullington Jordan McCray Justin Perillo Kansas Maine Mike Pennel North Carolina State Rajion Neal Ryan White South Carolina State Tennessee Toledo UCF Utah State Washington State