After four years as a Longhorn, Poona Ford is a Seahawk again.
The former Hilton Head High and Texas standout agreed to a free-agent deal with Seattle shortly after the conclusion of the NFL Draft on Saturday. Former Whale Branch star and The Citadel and Miami cornerback Dee Delaney also agreed to a free-agent deal with Jacksonville, and former Beaufort High and East Carolina tight end Stephen Baggett signed with the New York Giants.
Despite earning Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year honors last season at Texas and standing out at the East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl, Ford was not invited to the NFL Combine and was considered a borderline draft prospect because of his 5-11 frame.
So Ford wasn’t surprised that his name was not called during the draft. He will still get a chance to prove himself and earn a roster spot with the Seahawks, who entered the draft needing help on the defensive line but did not draft an interior lineman.
Delaney was a two-time All-American at The Citadel before playing his senior season as a graduate transfer at Miami. He’s headed back to the Sunshine State, and like Ford, he has landed in a spot where he will at least get a chance to make the team. The Jaguars needed help in the secondary but only took a safety in the draft, so they’re still in need of depth at corner.
Baggett was known as an excellent blocking tight end at ECU. He might face an uphill climb to make the Giants’ roster – the team already has six tight ends on the active roster – but will get a chance to prove himself.
The last player from a Beaufort County high school to be drafted was Beaufort High’s Devin Taylor in 2013.
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