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Last remaining former Wolverines on market sign UDFA deals with NFL teams

Some of the Michigan players had to wait until after the draft to hear from teams.

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With the 2019 NFL Draft in the rear view mirror, the focus for NFL teams now shifts to signing undrafted free agents. As was the case for several former Michigan Wolverines, they went off the UDFA market pretty quick.

Running back Karan Higdon was quick to announce he would be joining the Houston Texans. According to Higdon’s Instagram story, teams were “hesitant” to draft him due to his surgery.

Personally, I believe a team should have drafted Higdon in one of the later rounds. He was reliable his junior and senior seasons at Michigan, and the later rounds are when you take chances on guys like Higdon who may have recently suffered an injury or had a surgery.

Regardless, Higdon will have a chip on his shoulder and something to prove during rookie minicamp, which begins Friday.

A couple other guys picked up fast were quarterback Wilton Speight and safety Tyree Kinnel, who are set to join the San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals, respectively.

The Michigan football Twitter account took over on Saturday night and reported several other former Wolverines had signed UDFA deals. This includes Brandon Watson to the Jacksonville Jaguars, defensive lineman Lawrence Marshall to the Chicago Bears, offensive lineman Juwann Bushell-Beatty to the Washington Redskins and defensive lineman Bryan Mone to the Seattle Seahawks.

Obviously, we wish the best of luck to all these guys moving forward, and hopefully these guys can turn some heads when rookie minicamp opens up this Friday!