The 2017 NFL draft is in the books. Arizona State produced one Sun Devil chosen at this year’s selection show, kicker Zane Gonzalez, who was taken by the Cleveland Browns in the seventh round.
Gonzalez was the only player drafted from an Arizona-based school, as the University of Arizona did not have any picked this year.
Now that the event is over, players who submitted their names for selection can now choose whom to sign with as undrafted free agents.
As of Saturday, the Sun Devils currently have five UDFAs listed on official NFL team rosters: quarterback Mike Bercovici (Los Angeles Chargers), linebacker Vontaze Burfict (Cincinnati Bengals), running back DJ Foster (New England Patriots), Robert Nelson (Houston Texans), and wide receiver Rashad Ross (San Francisco 49ers).
Below is a list of the undrafted Sun Devils from this year’s draft class who have signed with teams so far:
- WR Tim White, Baltimore Ravens
Had such a great time as a #sundevil but it's time too put that black and purple on and flip the page. devils at in Baltimore? #flock pic.twitter.com/QQQ7dLevT5— Tim White (@tim_white6) April 30, 2017
One of ASU’s successful recent JUCO transfer signings, White was a force for the Sun Devils throughout the course of his two-year career. His ability as a returner should allow him at the very least to stick around in the league. White reportedly met with both the Ravens and New York Giants during the draft process.
- P Matt Haack, Miami Dolphins
I'm blessed to have an opportunity to be a part of the Miami Dolphins! I'm ready to get to work! #FinsUp— Matthew Haack (@matthaack21) April 29, 2017
Haack was a three-year starter for the Sun Devils who averaged 44.4 yards per punt during his senior year (sixth nationally). The former high school wide receiver was crucial to the success of ASU’s special teams unit during his career. He joins the Dolphins after reportedly meeting with the Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers.
- DB De’Chavon “Gump” Hayes, Arizona Cardinals
Congrats @Play_Maka_7 for signing as a free agent w the @AZCardinals today! Another Sun Devil in the NFL! #ForksUp pic.twitter.com/sZRpjjydrh— Todd Graham (@CoachGrahamASU) April 30, 2017
Hayes was one of the best athletes on ASU’s roster for each of the past two years, and it led to him being tried at multiple positions during his stint as a Sun Devil. The Cardinals would likely welcome him as secondary depth and even potentially as an offensive weapon, should he be needed in that role. However, like White, Hayes’ potential as a returner could be what allows him to hang around in the NFL.
- TE Kody Kohl, Tennessee Titans
#ASU tight end Kody Kohl signing as free agent with Tennessee— jeffmetcalfe (@jeffmetcalfe) April 30, 2017
Kohl was an integral part of the Sun Devil passing game during his sophomore and junior seasons. During the two year stretch, he hauled in a combined 48 passes for 535 yards and eight touchdowns. While his senior year saw his production as a receiver dip to just seven receptions for 93 yards and two touchdowns, he proved to be a steady run-blocker during the campaign. This, in tandem with his athletic ability (he was tested in the 46.4 percentile of NFL tight ends), should give him a legitimate shot at sticking at the next level.
- UPDATE: OL Evan Goodman, San Francisco 49ers
Congratulations to a non-stop grinder @EGood57 for signing with the @49ers!! An awesome Sun Devil and teammate on and off the field #ForksUp pic.twitter.com/V0TqkvVQp7— ASU FB Recruiting (@RisingSunDevils) May 1, 2017
Goodman, a two-year starter at left tackle during his time at ASU, projects as a guard at the next level. He was the Sun Devils only returning starter along the offensive line last season and displayed noticeable improvement from his first-ever career start, a highly difficult matchup against Texas A&M pass rusher and No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett to his final season in Tempe. Goodman participated in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 21 during the draft process.
Former Sun Devil signs with Seattle Seahawks
Happy to announce that I'm 100% healthy and have been given an opportunity to play with my hometown team, the Seattle Seahawks.— Jordan Simone (@JordanSimone38) April 29, 2017
S Jordan Simone, Seattle Seahawks: Simone was very productive during his time as a Sun Devil, and after sitting out a year due to health, has landed on with the Seattle Seahawks. While Simone’s athletic profile counters what John Schneider’s organization has typically sought in past seasons, there’s reason to believe Simone could stick around having tallied 191 tackles (13.5 for losses), five sacks and four interceptions in 22 career games.