Shortly after the conclusion of the 2015 NFL Draft earlier today, Cody Riggs, DaVaris Daniels, and Kyle Brindza were all signed as undrafted free agents. Cam McDaniel, the other Irish player who has a shot at being an undrafted free agent this year, has not been signed to this point but has had workouts and interviews with a few teams, most notably the hometown Cowboys.
Cody Riggs was signed by the Tennessee Titans. Tennessee needs significant help in the secondary yet, curiously, they didn't use any of their nine draft picks on a corner. Hmm. In any case, that's good for Riggs as he'll get a chance to come in and compete for time. Which is more or less what he told 247 Sports when describing why he chose to sign with the Titans:
"I felt like it was the best option for me to play in and I felt comfortable with them on the phone," Riggs said. "They didn’t draft any corners this year so I felt like it would be the best situation for me and they have a great coaching staff."
DaVaris Daniels was signed by the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota drafted former Irish recruiting target and Maryland standout Stefon Diggs in the fifth round, an excellent wide receiver value pick at that spot. Minnesota has no immediate need at receiver, even with the recent release of Greg Jennings, but Diggs and Daniels could be an insurance policy if Cordarelle Patterson can't regain his rookie form. Daniels will join Irish alums John Sullivan, Kyle Rudolph, Harrison Smith, and Robert Blanton in Minnesota.
Toot, predictably, is stoked.
Officially a Minnesota Viking! Thank you God!— DaVaris Daniels (@SincerelyToot) May 2, 2015
Kyle Brindza was signed by the Detroit Lions. Hey - I got that one right! Brindza agreed to terms with the hometown Detroit Lions immediately after the draft. This might seem like a puzzling move by Detroit at first glance, as they just signed Matt Prater to a three-year deal in March after Prater's successful audition during the 2014 season. However, Sam Martin, who handled punts and kickoffs for them last year, had a very uneven season that culminated in a ten-yard punt during the ill-fated sequence that led to their playoff loss to Dallas. Brindza could very well have been brought in to put pressure on or be a viable alternative to Martin if the troubles continue.
Im staying home. Finalized and am officially apart of @Lions— Kyle C. Brindza (@kylebrindza) May 2, 2015