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Melvin Lewis will get his chance to make NFL roster

Farrington Huguenin (Vicky Graff Photo)

Farrington Huguenin (Vicky Graff Photo)

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.

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  1. Persimmon Knob

    Nine kids get an opportunity to play at the next level. Best of luck to them all.
    Have to wonder what an NFL scout saw since the “couch coaches” here and elsewhere branded the UK coaching staff as being a group who were unable to develop their student athletes.

  2. Larry Pup

    Good for Josh Forrest, but when UK has only one player drafted, and in the sixth round, that is not setting the woods on fire when you compare that to the rest of the SEC teams and their success at putting players in the NFL in 2016. EKU had one and WKU had three I might add. I hope Lewis gets a shot at big time football, but we’ll see. Wish them all the best. Much of this IMO is because of the youth UK had on it’s roster in 2015, and a lack of players that were real standouts in 2015. Lewis got a bad break due to the injury.

    1. Larry Vaught

      Remember, Tennessee has not had a player drafted the LAST TWO YEARS

  3. Andy

    Lewis is a force and he will make the roster. He works hard and was a good role model.

    1. Larry Vaught

      I hope Lewis makes it. Kid has worked so hard

  4. Norman Einstein

    This is progress. I wish them all well.

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