By LARRY VAUGHT
All Melvin Lewis wanted was a chance to compete for a spot on a NFL roster. So even though he was not drafted, Lewis now has that chance after signing a free agent contract with the New York Giants.
He was a junior college transfer to UK and had his senior season cut short when he suffered a broken fibula that he knew likely would cost him any chance to be drafted. He had 20 tackles, including two for loss, in six games.
Lewis was not the only Kentucky player who went undrafted to now have a chance to make a NFL roster.
Defensive tackle C.J. Johnson signed with Atlanta and offensive tackle Jordan Swindle with the Los Angeles Rams — who also drafted UK linebacker Josh Forrest. Defensive end Farrington Huguenin signed with the Miami Dolphins and even long snapper Kelly Mason got an invite to the Washington Redskins’ rookie camp.
Linebacker Khalid Henderson signed with the Bears and linebacker Ryan Flannigan with the Falconrs. Safety A.J. Stamps was a free agent signee with Cleveland.
Johnson had 67 tackles last season and led Kentucky with eight tackles for loss. He also totaled two sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery, one fumble forced and one blocked kick. Swindle was a three-year starter at right tackle before moving to left tackle as a senior.
Huguenin had 52 tackles, four tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks last season.