April 29, 2008
AUBURN - Four former Auburn football players who went undrafted during the 2008 NFL draft have signed free agent deals with NFL teams.
Tight end Cole Bennett signed with the Houston Texans, wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez signed with the New York Jets, running back Carl Stewart signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and defensive tackle Josh Thompson signed with the St. Louis Rams.
Bennett had 29 catches for 312 yards with three touchdowns during his career, and ranks ninth all-time at Auburn in receptions (29) and receiving yards (312) by a tight end.
Rodriguez played in 36 games in three seasons at Auburn, catching 38 passes for 530 yards (13.9 ypc) including a pair of touchdowns.
Stewart, who ranks third all-time at Auburn in receiving yards by a running back, rushed for 482 career yards on 128 attempts (3.8 ypc) with nine touchdowns, and had 39 receptions for 612 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Thompson, who played in 49 career games while starting his last 26, recorded 138 tackles, including 11.0 tackles for loss (-26) and one sack (-7) during his career.
In addition to the four players who signed as free agents, five Tigers were selected in the NFL draft: Quentin Groves (52nd overall by Jacksonville), Patrick Lee (60th overall by Green Bay), Pat Sims (77th overall by Cincinnati), Jonathan Wilhite (129th overall by New England) and King Dunlap (230th overall by Philadelphia).