First and foremost, well-deserved congratulations to the five Oregon players drafted in 2013. That said, not every Duck who entered the draft was fortunate enough to have his name called on draft day.
Opportunity for those not drafted – free agency – takes place immediately after “Mr. Irrelevant” is chosen. Two Oregon standouts who did not go in the initial seven-round draft are linebacker Michael Clay and defensive tackle Isaac Remington – neither of whom was left twiddling his thumbs for long.
Clay was picked up by the Miami Dolphins and will do his best to make the NFL-limited 53-man opening day roster alongside fellow Duck defensive end / linebacker Dion Jordan. Clay was one of 12 undrafted free-agents signed by the Dolphins but only one of two linebackers, the other being former-BYU stud Brandon Ogletree. The 5′ 11″, 222-pound Clay has a legitimate chance to make the squad, as the AFC East always boasts one of the toughest divisions in the NFL.
Former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly didn’t let the apple fall from the tree when it came to grabbing Remington post-draft. Remington’s 6′ 6″, 303-pound frame makes him a potential nightmare for NFC East offensive lineman. Kelly continued his PAC-12 draft happy mindset going with the late signing of Remington, who was one of nine undrafted free-agents signed by Philadelphia.
Both Clay and Remington were pivotal pieces of the Oregon defense last year and hope to continue their success in the NFL. Stay tuned to FishDuck for the latest on Clay, Remington, and the rest of the Oregon Ducks’ 2013 NFL Draft class.