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Slaughter, Riddick, Lewis-Moore and Motta drafted late

Apr 28, 2013, 6:13 AM EDT

Theo Riddick

It took longer than they probably hoped, but four more Irish football players went off the board in the late rounds of the NFL Draft.

Safety Jamoris Slaughter, whose season was cut short after an Achilles tendon tear, was selected in the sixth round by the Cleveland Browns. Later in that round, Theo Riddick went to the Detroit Lions and Kapron Lewis-Moore was selected with the very next pick by the Baltimore Ravens. Safety Zeke Motta was taken by the Atlanta Falcons in the seventh round.

Joining Tyler Eifert in the first round and Manti Te’o in the second, the six Irish players drafted were the most since 2007, when seven Irish players were selected.

Many expected two more names to be called in the draft, with running back Cierre Wood and center Braxston Cave both going undrafted. Wood signed a free agent contract with the Houston Texans while Cave will join Slaughter in Cleveland. Offensive lineman Mike Golic also signed a free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Interestingly, both Slaughter and Lewis-Moore were selected even though injuries suffered during their senior season will likely hamper them early. For Baltimore, general manager Ozzie Newsome used a baseball reference to talk about his sixth round pick, comparing Lewis-Moore to an extra arm in the bullpen, if he’s recovered by midseason. Slaughter called himself “90 percent” healthy and aims to be ready for training camp.




  1. mtflsmitty - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Very happy for Kap. Last year KA did a story on he and his mother and the amazing effort she made to help him develop into the man he is today. Was a great bookend to the story to know Kap called his mom down in Weatherford TX as soon as he received the call from Bmore. Eric Hansen did a nice little story yesterday.

    Also, can’t help but to feel a bit more bitter than sweet for Ciere Wood. I’m sure many of you will recall his precise star-ratings. I always pulled for the guy. But things never quite came together for him. But then again, Arian Foster was an I drafted free agent taken by the Texans. Things worked out pretty OK for him after all.

    I wish all the guys who will get their shot in the NFL, and those who never will, the best of luck as the open the next chapters of their lives. I’m…um…sure my well-wishes will allow them all to rest easier.

  2. fnc111 - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Slaughter won’t be hampered. He’ll be ready by training camp.

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:39 AM

      For the record, this is FNC’s first non-negative comment. Let’s try a little positive reinforcement with him….EVERYBODY give him a thumbs up!

  3. 4horsemenrideagain - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    It’s good to see so many guys getting their chances. I’m with you smitty, I think Wood is going to make some team (not necessarily the Texans) very happy and offer plenty to their offense.

  4. dudeacow - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Some things I don’t understand. In the second-to-last pick in the draft, a RB out of UMass was selected. He ran for 750 yards on a 3.5 ypc average in the defenseless MAC. Apparently, somehow the Giants think that he is a better prospect the Cierre Wood who ran for 1,000 yards at Notre Dame.

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      Draft picks like UMass guy you’re talking about are sometimes just favors for a college coach or for somebody in the drafting team’s organization.

      Usually those favors are handed out with an invitation to rookie camp tryouts (as is the case with the Vikings inviting Cris Carter’s son and the 49ers inviting Nick Montana), but if a team doesn’t have enough roster spots for all of the draft picks, they might choose to use that last pick as a favor to someone.

      The kid you’re talking about, Michael Cox, was a 5th year guy at UMass using the “Russell Wilson/Dayne Crist” transfer rule. He played his undergraduate FB at Michigan, rushing for 169 yds on 19 carries against teams like Delaware State and Bowling Green.

      So, basically, if you can’t address needs or add value to your team with a draft pick, you envoke a little bit of good will.

      Probably the case with this kid.

      • mtflsmitty - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:00 PM

        Thanks, Idrather. Good insights.

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