When the NFL Draft concluded on Saturday afternoon, three former Kansas football players were among those selected. By the end of the weekend, seven other former Jayhawks had landed with NFL organizations.
The group included former standout punter Trevor Pardula, who received a rookie camp invite with the Chiefs. Pardula, a first-team All-Big 12 selection, set the KU single-season record for punting yards in back-to-back seasons.
Former receivers Nick Harwell (Cowboys), Nigel King (Dolphins) and Tony Pierson (Bears) will also be heading to rookie camps with their respective teams, while former KU tight end Jimmay Mundine scored a camp invite with the Cleveland Browns. On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Michael Reynolds signed a free-agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while former safety Cassius Sendish signed as a free agent with the Browns.
On Saturday, former KU standout linebacker Ben Heeney was selected in the fifth round by the Oakland Raiders. Cornerback JaCorey Shepherd was taken in the sixth round by the Philadelphia Eagles, while cornerback Dexter McDonald, a Kansas City native, was picked in the seventh round by Oakland.