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Marcell Frazier, Hogan Prep's Anthony Sherrils among MU players with free-agent deals

Missouri's Marcell Frazier (left) wasn't drafted Saturday, but he agreed to a free-agent deal with the Seattle Seahawks.
Missouri's Marcell Frazier (left) wasn't drafted Saturday, but he agreed to a free-agent deal with the Seattle Seahawks. along@kcstar.com

Marcell Frazier wasn't taken in Saturday's NFL Draft, but won't have to go far to begin his professional career.

The 6-foot-5 defensive end told The Star that he agreed to an undrafted free-agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks. A Portland, Ore., native, Frazier joins former Missouri offensive lineman Justin Britt in Seattle.

Former safety Anthony Sherrils, a Hogan Prep graduate, signed a free-agent deal with the Detroit Lions.

Frazier battled injuries during his senior season in 2017 after playing through a torn quadriceps the first half of the season and then started to feel like himself, recording 5 ½ of his seven sacks in the final seven games and leading the Southeastern Conference in tackles-for-loss with 15 ½.

Prior to Missouri’s pro day, Frazier wasn’t on the radar of most NFL teams, and he felt snubbed for not being invited to the NFL Draft Combine despite his strong finish to the season.

But Frazier put himself in the conversation to be drafted after running a 4.60-second time in the 40-yard dash at pro day and put up 25 repetitions on the bench press. Frazier’s 40-yard dash time would have put him in the top 10 for his position at the combine.

Tight end Jason Reese also got a free-agent deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Reese saw his playing time diminish as the 2017 season went on and redshirt freshman Albert Okwuegbunam emerged as the position’s primary threat on offense. Reese still served as a solid blocker and caught three touchdown passes.

Offensive lineman Adam Ploudre, a former walk-on who went on scholarship his junior year, received an invite to Oakland Raiders rookie mini-camp. Ploudre started for Missouri at right guard for seven games during his junior season. Tyler Howell, another offensive lineman, told The Star on Sunday that he agreed to a free-agent deal with the New York Giants.

Former Missouri wide receiver J’Mon Moore was the only Tiger selected in the NFL Draft. Moore went to the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round with the No. 133 overall pick.

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