Three Arizona Wildcats Sign as Undrafted Free Agents

Tom PhillipsCorrespondent IApril 26, 2010

LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 5: Linebacker Vuna Tuihalamaka #8 of the Arizona Wildcats celebrates after the Wildcats defense stopped the USC Trojans offense late in the fourth quarter on December 5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. Arizona won 21-17.   (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Three Arizona Wildcats have signed contracts with teams and two more are going for tryouts this week.

Devin Ross, Vuna Tuihalamaka, and Chris Gronkowski all signed contracts with teams that will give them a shot at getting an NFL roster spot.

Ross announced on his Facebook that he has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. He is the biggest surprise to be on the undrafted free agent list, after putting together two solid seasons as a starter for the Cats. He picked off five passes but was rarely thrown to because of his coverage skills.

Tuihalamaka signed with the Indianapolis Colts Sunday. Tuihalamaka was a juco player who played sparingly but became a force to reckon with his senior season, his first as a full-time starter in FBS. Teams didn't have much film on him but liked the way he had a nose for where the ball was going.

Gronkowski signed with the Dallas Cowboys Sunday. Gronkowski had a limited role in the offense last season but as a junior he caught eight passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns. He is the older brother of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Cam Nelson has a tryout on Thursday with the Chicago Bears. Nelson was a solid safety for the Wildcats. While he would never blow away anyone with one thing in particular, he does a lot of things well and rarely blew coverage.

The Wildcats had two players drafted in this weekend's draft. Rob Gronkowski was drafted in the second round by the New England Patriots and Earl Mitchell was drafted in the third round by the Houston Texans.

UPDATE: Offensive lineman Mike Diaz will have a tryout with the Cleveland Browns this weekend. Diaz showed versatility in his two years at Arizona, starting at left guard and left tackle for the Wildcats