South Dakota Sends Six Players to NFL
Six players from South Dakota will be going to NFL teams for at least mini-camps. Three players received invites to team minicamps and three got undrafted free agents deals.
University of South Dakota defensive lineman Drew Innings struck a deal with the Oakland Raiders Saturday night as an undrafted free agent. Innings finished the 2015 season with 26 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.
Teammate Keyen Lage is also going to an NFL team after he got invited to the Kansas City Chiefs minicamp that starts Friday. Lage was the Coyotes leading tackler with 82 last season but also added 13.5 tackles for loss and three sacks.
The University of Sioux Falls had a pair of cornerbacks draw interest from NFL teams. John Tidwell signed a undrafted free agent deal with the Denver Broncos that included a $3,000 signing bonus. Tidwell had three interceptions last season and took one in for a touchdown.
Tidwell's teammate Solomon St. Pierre will be headed to the Minnesota Vikings Thursday after getting invited to their team minicamp. St. Pierre also had invites from the Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions and San Diego Chargers. He finished his career with the Cougars having 22 interceptions, while coming away with 10 his junior year and 9 his last season. Last year he took three of his interceptions in for touchdowns and had 24 pass deflections.
Sioux Falls and O'gorman native Cedrick Lang is going to New York as a Giant after signing as an undrafted free agent. Lang was a four year starter on the basketball team at the University of El Paso Texas before using his fifth year of eligibility to play tight end for the Miners. The Giants are likely hoping that Lang's athletic 6 foot 9 inch build can be a danger in the redzone.
Augustana University running back C.J. Ham is hoping to remain a Viking but now for Minnesota. He will join St. Pierre after also receiving an invite to the team's minicamp that starts Thursday. Hamm was the team's leading rusher last season with 1,168 yards and 16 touchdowns.