Two Davenport Assumption graduates will get a look from NFL teams in free-agent camps over the next few weeks.
Defensive back Tim Kilfoy of Northern Iowa and linebacker Ryan Langford of New Mexico both announced Monday they are among players receiving invitations to attend tryout camps which could lead to free-agent opportunities.
Kilfoy has been invited to participate in the Tennessee Titans’ mini-camp, while Langford has accepted an offer to do the same from the Houston Texans.
Northern Iowa coach Mark Farley last week listed Kilfoy as one of three UNI players he had fielded the most inquiries about from pro scouts, following Chicago Bears fourth-round draft pick Deiondre’ Hall and Green Bay Packers’ free-agent signee Makinton Dorleant.
"They’re intrigued with what they’ve seen from Tim," Farley said. "The intensity he brings to the game catches their attention."
Kilfoy earned all-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors last fall as a safety for the Panthers, completing his career as a four-year starter and second on UNI’s career chart by returning three interceptions for touchdowns.
He recorded 197 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, seven interceptions and nine pass breakups during his college career.
Langford transferred to New Mexico two years ago from Iowa Western Community College and recorded 115 tackles over the past two seasons for the Lobos.
He caught the attention of NFL scouts when he ran the 40-yard-dash at the Lobos’ Pro Day in 4.48 seconds, a time that would have ranked first among inside linebackers and second among all linebackers at February’s NFL Combine.
Langford followed that with a three-cone drill time of 6.83 seconds that would have ranked second among Combine participants at his position and a 20-yard shuttle time of 4.27 second which would have ranked fourth among inside linebackers at that event.
A handful of other players from area colleges not selected in last week’s NFL draft have also formalized free-agent opportunities.
Iowa defensive end Nate Meier has signed with the Bears, the seventh Hawkeye to announce free-agent plans, and Illinois running back Josh Ferguson has signed with the Colts. Iowa defensive end Drew Ott has not yet selected from among several free-agent opportunities.
In addition to Kilfoy, UNI’s Savon Huggons (Packers), Brett McMakin (Falcons) and Edwin Young (Vikings) have secured free-agent camp invitations.