UCF defensive tackle Kalia Davis, who was selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers last weekend, isn’t the only member of Gus Malzan’s 2022 squad led by the Pros.
After the completion of the three-day event, four Knights signed with NFL teams as incomplete free agents: wide receivers. Brandon Johnson with the Denver Broncos; offensive lineman cole schneider with the Green Bay Packers; defensive end big cat bryant with the Dallas Cowboys; and aggressive tackle Marcus Tatum With the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Davis is estimated to have signed a four-year rookie deal with San Francisco that is worth $3.8 million and includes a signing bonus of $132,014, according to Spottrack.
While Davis has a strong chance of making it to the end of training camp due to his draft position on the team’s final roster, UCF’s undrafted free agents will have to work hard to avoid the cut.
Transferring graduate from Tennessee, Johnson had a career season in his one year in Orlando. After recording one touchdown in five years at Knoxville, he caught 11 touchdown passes in 13 games he played at UCF.
The South Florida native also recorded career highs in catches (38) and receiving yards (568).
Tatum also came to UCF after graduating from Tennessee. The Daytona Beach native became a key piece to UCF’s offensive line over the past two years, appearing in all 23 games with 18 starts.
A second-team all-conference pick by college football specialist Phil Steele, Tatum earned respectable-mentioned all-conference accolades even from AAC coaches.
Like Johnson, Bryant also spent just one season at UCF. Bryant made a big impression in 2020 after second-team All-SEC pick Bryant followed Malzhan from Auburn to the Orlando school.
Bryant earned first-team All-conference honors at UCF after leading with a 14.0 tackle loss and six sacks. A team captain at both Auburn and UCF, he made a total of 52 tackles last season, along with 10 quarterbacks.
While Bryant, Tatum, and Johnson all transferred to UCF, Schneider became a mainstay for the Knights during his five-year collegiate career.
After picking up a redshirt in 2017, Schneider went on to play 49 games for UCF over the next four years, but started in all but two.
He took all-conference honors in every season he played, earning first-team acclaim in 2018 and 2020.