BUFFALO, N.Y.-While Khalil Mack has by far the highest profile he is not the only one from the 2013 UB Bulls who will have the chance to crack an NFL roster.
Mack was drafted by the Oakland Raiders last Thursday night with the fifth overall pick in the draft. He is the highest drafted UB player ever.
A number of his teammates, although not drafted will have the opportunity to make an NFL roster. At least seven players including Mack maybe on NFL rosters when the season opens later this year.
Wide receiver Alex Neutz who holds the UB career record for touchdown receptions with 31 signed as a free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals. Running back Branden Oliver, the Bulls all time leading rusher with 4,049 career yards signed a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts. Derek Brim who played high school football at Canisius signed as a free agent with the Bills. Brim started out as a wide receiver but converted to defensive back. Defensive back Najja Johnson signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
All conference lineman Jasen Carlson has been invited to the Chicago Bears minicamp and defensive lineman Colby Way has received an invitation to the Bills rookie camp.
Bulls head coach Jeff Quinn said Tuesday that the football program has really felt the impact of Mack being drafted so high and of all the other players getting NFL opportunities. "We've had some unbelievable responses and feed back from a lot of high school
coaches and a lot of high school players. They know about Buffalo, they know about New York football and they know about UB."
The number of players getting opportunities in the NFL is a testament to just how far the UB football program has come since joining the MAC.