CARROLLTON, Ga. - As the NFL closed out it's 2018 draft, the West Georgia Wolves were heating up, as three UWG standouts either signed as Undrafted Free Agents or were invited to Rookie Mini Camp. Over the weekend, two more were added to the tally, giving West Georgia five players in Rookie Mini Camps over the next two weeks.
Desmond Harrison, the All-American offensive tackle who became the third player in UWG football history to receive an invite to the NFL Combine in April, went undrafted and signed as an Undrafted Free Agent shortly after the completion of the draft with the Cleveland Browns. He will join top pick Baker Mayfield and UGA's Nick Chubb in rookie mini camp in early May.
Speedster J.J. Jones, who impressed scouts with his speed at the UWG Pro Day back in March, has signed as an Undrafted Free Agent with the Los Angeles Chargers. Jones was one of the top kick returners in the nation in the 2017 season, and will join the rookies with the Chargers in Los Angeles in early May.
Two-time All-American Harley Vaughan, who set the UWG record for number of career games played, will be staying closer to home for rookie mini camp, as Vaughan received an invite to the Atlanta Falcons rookie mini camp. Vaughan redshirted at West Georgia in 2013, then started at left tackle as a freshman in 2014. He moved to center in 2015 and stayed there for the remainder of his collegiate career, earning All-American honors in his junior and senior seasons.
Shaq Roland, a wide receiver who transferred to UWG from South Carolina for the 2017 season, received an invite to rookie mini camp with the Chicago Bears. Roland was fourth in the Gulf South conference in receptions and receiving yards this past season, hauling in 55 passes for 722 yards as a senior. He was tied for third in the league with six touchdown receptions and was named First Team All-Gulf South Conference.
Deniko Carter was the fifth player to earn an invitation to a rookie mini camp, as he impressed the scouts in a visit with the Baltimore Ravens, and will get his shot in that camp over the next two weeks. In two seasons with the Wolves, Carter had 40 receptions for 709 yards and 11 touchdowns. A solid big-play threat, Carter averaged more than 17 yards per catch in his time at West Georgia.
The sixth player to earn a spot in an NFL rookie camp was safety Zed Brown, who was a four-year starter at safety for the Wolves. Brown began his career in 2014, and had an interception for a touchdown on back-to-back plays against Florida Tech early in his career. The second was called back, but it began a trend that continued through his senior season. He ended his collegiate career with seven interceptions and returned four for a touchdown. Brown will join the New Orleans Saints for rookie mini camp next week.
In other professional football news, cornerback Marcus Sayles, who played with the Buffalo Bills and the Los Angeles Chargers during the 2017 season, will be headed to Canada, signing a professional contract with the Winnepeg Blue Bombers of teh Canadian Football League.