ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – University of New Mexico running back Jhurell Pressley received praise before the 2016 NFL Draft, and was even projected as getting drafted in the fifth round. That did not happen, as no Lobos heard their name in this year’s draft, and only nine former Mountain West players were called in the draft.
Pressley said he really can’t be too disappointed that his name wasn’t called in the Draft, because immediately after he received a deal he couldn’t refuse from the Minnesota Vikings.
“They were talking to my agent while the draft was going, and then right after the draft was over they end up calling me, giving me a contract and giving me a deal. I took the deal and now I am a part of the Minnesota Vikings,” said Vikings RB Pressley.
The Vikings didn’t take a single running back in the Draft this year and as of now just have three on their roster. This could be a good opportunity for the former UNM star to make a run for a roster spot next season.
“They just liked that I am a good back and they see that I can help out AP and help out this team,” said Pressley.
Three other Lobos that were in potential draft talks didn’t hear their names called in Chicago, but they did receive invites to Mini Camps in the coming weeks.
Wide Receiver and Special Teams guy, Carlos Wiggins, received a call initially from the Houston Texans to come out and try out at their minicamp. He received another offer from the Jets not too long after that, and decided to decommit from the Texans and go with the Jets. Immediately after telling the Texans that, his agent received a call and Wiggins had a change of heart.
“I got a call back from my agent and he said the general manager of the Houston Texans called him and said that they really want me and the special teams coach was talking about me the whole time. So, I had to call the jets back and then tell them I am going to Houston. They really like me they pretty much don’t have anybody on the kick return position and they love my speed and how I play,” said Wiggins.
Along with Wiggins, former UNM Linebacker Ryan Langford received a mini camp tryout from the Houston Texans. Langford was excited at the opportunity and said that he would love to be a part of their organization.
“I think they really just want to bring me in to see how I can react to the level of competition that will be there. Even if it doesn’t work out with the Texans I got a deal set up with the Saints the following weekend. So, right now the goal is just to sign with somebody,” said Langford.
UNM Wide Receiver Marquis Bundy also received a call from an NFL organization to go out to a mini camp next week. The Cardinals asked him to come out and showcase his skills, and Marquis will leave as late as Monday to hopefully make the cut.
“You know, I always played with the Cardinals on madden, I love that, I love the cardinals and I have tremendous respect. I just can’t wait actually as soon as I get out on that field I’m going to give all glory to God, be thankful, and then go full glow,” said Bundy.