COLUMBIA — After defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and linebacker Zaviar Gooden were selected during the first three rounds of the NFL Draft, Missouri didn’t have anyone selected during rounds four through seven on Saturday.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
But that doesn’t mean the weekend wasn’t a busy one for several undrafted Missouri seniors, as many of them kept their NFL dreams alive by scoring free-agent contracts. Among them were receiver T.J. Moe and offensive tackle Elvis Fisher, who were each scooped up by New England, running back Kendial Lawrence (Dallas), defensive end Brad Madison (Chiefs), cornerback Kip Edwards (Buffalo) and safety Kenronte Walker (Cleveland).
Perhaps the most intriguing signing is Moe’s decision to go to the Patriots, a team that has gotten a great deal of production out of its slot receivers. Wes Welker, a Pro Bowler who had become one of quarterback Tom Brady’s favorite targets, departed via free agency this offseason, and though the Patriots signed oft-injured former Rams star Danny Amendola to replace him, there could still be an opportunity for Moe to showcase the skills that helped him catch 183 passes for 2,101 yards and 11 touchdowns as an inside receiver at MU.
Lawrence, meanwhile, comes off a season in which he rushed for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns and was arguably Missouri’s most consistent offensive player. Lawrence, a Rockwall, Texas, native, will get a chance to stick with his hometown Cowboys, while Madison, from Bethany, Mo., will try to do the same with the Chiefs.