Two former Owls get drafted, seven get tryouts during 2019 NFL Draft weekend

FAU’s two draft selections tied a program-high.


Pierce Herrmann

FAU senior cornerback Shelton Lewis (3) is one of seven Owls who earned a tryout with an NFL team. Photo by: Pierce Herrmann

Zachary Weinberger, Staff Writer

A number of standout college football players’ careers officially started this past weekend with the 2019 NFL Draft. And FAU fans should recognized some of the names that were called.

Two former FAU stars were drafted — which tied a program-high — and seven others received minicamp invites.

Here’s where they’ll be starting their professional careers.

RB Devin Singletary – Buffalo Bills

The first Owl drafted was none other than Singletary, who was picked in the third round (74th overall) by the Buffalo Bills. Selecting Singletary that early shows that the Bills view him as their future lead back, as Lesean McCoy and Frank Gore are at the tail end of their careers, at 30 and 35, respectively.

RB Kerrith Whyte Jr. – Chicago Bears

At pick 222, the Chicago Bears selected running back Whyte Jr. in the seventh round. That pick makes sense, as the Bears needed a running back after trading their former starter, Jordan Howard, to the Philadelphia Eagles. Whyte and third-round pick David Montgomery will fight for the backup spot behind Tarik Cohen. But since Whyte is a dynamic kick returner, his biggest impact will likely be on special teams. Whyte fits Chicago perfectly.

While Singletary and Whyte were the only former Owls drafted, a few others earned tryout opportunities.

LB Azeez Al-Shaair and DL Hunter Snyder – San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers get a high-character, productive player in Al-Shaair, but they have to be patient with his development, as he’s recovering from a torn ACL. After an injury-shortened senior year, the 49ers hope Al-Shaair can bounce back to his dominant early-career form. Snyder tallied 14.5 sacks in four seasons with the Owls and is a solid pass-rushing presence.

SS Andrew Soroh, CBs Shelton Lewis and Herb Miller – Kansas City Chiefs

Three former players from FAU’s secondary, Andrew Soroh, Shelton Lewis and Herb Miller, will be trying out for at the Kansas City Chiefs’ minicamp. While Soroh played linebacker for FAU last season, he started his career as a safety, where the Chiefs intend to play him.

OL Reggie Bain – Washington Redskins

A multi-year starter at left tackle for FAU, Bain also received interest from the Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns. NFL teams likely envision Bain playing on the interior, however, either at guard or center.

WR Jovon Durante – Seattle Seahawks

The latest former Owl to sign an NFL contract is Jovon Durante, who’s joining the Seattle Seahawks. Preparing for the possible retirement of receiver Doug Baldwin, the Seahawks bolstered their receiving corps by picking Ole Miss’ D.K. Metcalf in the second round of the draft, and West Virginia’s Gary Jennings in the fourth. Durante will compete with those two college standouts for a roster spot.

Zachary Weinberger is a staff writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @ZachWeinberger