Four Scarlet Knights Ink NFL Deals
Jul 26, 2011
Rutgers former SS Joe Lefeged
Four undrafted Scarlet Knights have agreed to deals with NFL teams this week. Joe Lefeged signed on with the Indianapolis Colts, Alex Silvestro hooked on with the New England Patriots, Brandon Bing hooked up with the Denver Broncos, and Jonathan Freeny will join the Miami Dolphins.
Florida native Jonathan Freeny had his coming out party during the first half of the Scarlet Knights’ 2009 season. Through the first five games of the season, against admittedly soft competition, Freeny registered 15 tackles and six sacks. In his senior year the 6-foot-2, 250 pounder had 38 tackles and 0.5 sacks while battling some nagging injuries.
In anticipation of the NFL Draft, cornerback Brandon Bing decided to bulk up in order to show scouts that he has the size to play at the NFL level. The 5-foot-11 speedster went from 170 pounds to 181 pounds by Rutgers pro day, where he had a solid showing.
His 40-yard dash times were in the low 4.3s (seconds), but those postings didn’t quite match up to the 4.28 he has ran in the past. Bing, of course, saw about a season and half of starting time as he served as a backup to Devin McCourty and Jason McCourty, and then took over full-time after that.
Defensive end Alex Silvestro turned in his best year of work in 2010, registering 31 solo tackles and 56 hits in total. He posted just four sacks through his junior season but as a senior, Silvestro enjoyed a collegiate career high of 5.5.
Silvestro’s best effort of the year arguably came against UConn on Oct. 8 as he racked up eight tackles in RU’s 27-24 victory. Standing 6-foot-3, and now - 275 pounds, Silvestro could project as a defensive end or linebacker in the NFL. In New England, Silvestro will link up with his former teammate, Devin McCourty.
Many expected that Lefeged, a hard-hitting safety, would have been selected on day three of the 2011 draft after impressing at the NFL combine. While some wondered if Lefeged had the speed to excel at the next level, he silenced the critics by posting a 4.43 second 40-yard dash time.
His time was good for fifth out of his defensive back group at the event. While Lefeged starred at strong safety for the Scarlet Knights, it’s likely that he would play cornerback in the NFL with a heavy emphasis on special teams.