Jan. 3, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA: Oregon Ducks running back Kenjon Barner (24) against the Kansas State Wildcats during the 2013 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Oregon defeated Kansas State 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
One player for the Ducks who hoped to get his shot in the NFL was Kenjon Barner. Earlier he tweeted to me during an EA Sports event conversation that he ‘would play for anyone who would sign him to a contract.’ The former Oregon Running Back now has that opportunity after being picked in the Sixth Round on Saturday afternoon by the Carolina Panthers with the 182nd overall pick. Barner wrapped up his Senior season with the Ducks rushing for 1,767 yards and 21 touchdowns. He will join former Duck Jonathan Stewart in the Panthers backfield.
Day 3 of the Draft was also good for Former Duck John Boyett who became an Indianapolis Colt with the 192nd pick of the 6th Round. Boyett’s Senior season with Oregon was shutdown before it started as he had surgery on both knees and was unable to do a lot of work in the NFL Combine.
Barner and Boyett join fellow Ducks Dion Jordan(taken #3 in the First Round on Friday) by the Miami Dolphins, Jake Long(taken #20 in the First Round) by the Chicago Bears, and Kiko Alonso(taken 14th in the 2nd round) by the Buffalo Bills on Friday.
At the conclusion of the NFL Draft several undrafted Ducks signed free agent contracts with teams. Former Oregon Linembacker Michael Clay signed with Miami, and will play with #3 overall pick from the Ducks, former teammate Dion Jordan. Former Duck Defensive tackle Isaac Remington signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Speaking of the Eagles…
Adding some intrigue to the Draft, former Oregon Coach Chip Kelly took former USC Trojan Quarterback Matt Barkley to start the day on Saturday. He will now be a member of the Philadelphia Eagles who will enter the summer with five quarterbacks on the roster.
also, Former Oregon Duck Running Back LeGarette Blount was traded from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the New England Patriots.
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