Local Prospects Picked Up By NFL Teams

Former ECU players Willie Smith and Jonathan Williams agree to free agent deals along with former UNC and Southwest Onslow star Kendric Burney.

Willie Smith was picked up by the Washington Redskins. Smith is a 6'5, 305 lbs offensive tackle from ECU and was a two year starter for the Pirates. This past year Smith was a 1st Team Conference USA performer.

Jonathan Williams, who played his high school football at J.H. Rose in Greenville, will head to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Former UNC defensive back Kendric Burney will stay close to home with the Carolina Panthers. Burney is considered to be one of the most attractive non-drafted free agents on the market.

Official announcements by NFL teams on non-drafted free agents are expected sometime later on Tuesday.


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  • by 10010011 on Jul 28, 2011 at 01:59 PM
    Wow, a NON DRAFTEEE pick up. He will never make it.
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      by NFL Fan on Jul 28, 2011 at 03:28 PM in reply to 10010011
      Are you really that clueless about professional football? Ever heard of Tony Romo, Kurt Warner, Jake Delhomme, Priest Holmes, Warren Moon, Wes Welker, Antonio Gates, Jeff Garcia, Willie Parker, Rod Smith, Jeff Saturday...should I go on. Undrafted free agents make it all the time. And many become superstars in the NFL.
  • by Hey's daddy Location: Cary, NC on Jul 28, 2011 at 11:18 AM
    To Hey, It must suck to walk around and nobody notices you huh? Get out of your mom's basement..
  • by Hey on Jul 28, 2011 at 10:27 AM
    Glad JW is leaving town. When he gets cut I hope he stays in Cincy and does not come back to Greenville.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 28, 2011 at 03:29 PM in reply to Hey
      Why don't you leave town?
  • by Pirate on Jul 27, 2011 at 11:16 AM
    Congratulations guys!!!
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jul 27, 2011 at 05:54 AM
    Best of luck with the Skins Willie. If Kendrick Burney makes the 53 man roster for the Panthers, then I'll have to start pulling for him. I just hope he is not as selfish and egotistical as Julius Peppers.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jul 27, 2011 at 05:48 AM
    Well this is good for Jon Williams. Just do one thing, don't hang around Cedric Benson or Pacman Jones in your spare time. They will get you in trouble. At least you are out of Greenville where you can stay away from trouble there. Work hard, stay healthy, stay out of trouble, and make the pirate nation proud. Best of luck!
  • by curtboj on Jul 27, 2011 at 03:02 AM
    jw time to shake those haters off once again.do well and may god bless you i knew this day would come.get you some haterade and make a lot of people mad by doing good. congrats.
  • by ? Location: greenville on Jul 26, 2011 at 11:14 PM
    talent goes further than words... leave it at that
  • by On and On Location: Farmville on Jul 26, 2011 at 09:14 PM
    I hope Williams uses this chance to do something good, after making waves in high school and ECU he will prob be another Vick and people will try and be shocked, def not a roll model so far.....
  • by Anonymous Location: PCS on Jul 26, 2011 at 07:46 PM
    You have a lot of hometown fans pulling for you JW, give it your best shot. Stay focused and hold on tight to the football.
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