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May 11, 2014

VSU’s Jones, Virgil sign with Saints; Ford with Browns

VALDOSTA — While his name wasn’t called on ESPN during the three-day National Football League draft, it didn’t chance Seantavius Jones’ feelings Saturday night.

The former Valdosta State wide receiver signed as an undrafted free agent with the New Orleans Saints shortly after the seven-round draft commenced, and the opportunity to vie for an NFL roster spot was good enough for Jones, one of three Blazers to sign Saturday evening with fellow VSU wide receiver Gerald Ford inking with Cleveland and Lawrence Virgil, a defensive tackle from Brooks County, also signing with the Saints.

“It feels great,” Jones said. “All my dreams have come true.”

One advantage undrafted free agents may have over late-round selections is the ability to choose their destination. Jones, who led VSU with 55 receptions for 777 yards and 13 touchdowns, made use of that before determining New Orleans was the best landing spot. That spot is also enhanced by the man, who may end up throwing passes to the 6-foot-3, 209-pound Jones.

“I saw where guys were going and I did my research and just felt that this was the right spot,” Jones said. “Then, there is the fact Drew Brees is the quarterback.

“I’m very excited about that. I’ve been playing with him on Madden.”

Jones won’t make the trek to New Orleans alone, though. Rather, Virgil and his 6-3, 290-pound frame will be going with him. Virgil, who had 4.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for losses last season, also turned some heads at VSU’s pro day with 39 reps on the bench press and a good 40-yard dash time.

“It’s going to be great going in with him and seeing if we can make the team and do some great things,” Jones added.

While Jones and Virgil helped make an impression last year for Valdosta State, Ford missed out on that chance as he was academically ineligible and missed the season.

But the 6-2, 223-pounder definitely made one his junior season when he was named the Gulf South Conference Offensive Player of the Year in helping the Blazers win the national championship. During that campaign, he hauled in 69 passes for 1,026 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Last year, VSU’s Edmund Kugbila was drafted in the fourth round by Carolina before missing his rookie season with a knee injury. Ryan Schraeder signed as an undrafted free agent with Atlanta and played in 13 games, starting four.

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