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Four former Terps ink NFL free agent deals

COLLEGE PARK – Former University of Maryland defensive back Alvin Hill, running back Trey Edmunds and wide receivers Levern Jacobs and Teldrick Morgan have all signed undrafted free agent deals following the 2017 NFL Draft.

Hill’s (Cleveland Browns), Edmunds’ (Kansas City Chiefs), Morgan’s (San Francisco 49ers) and Jacobs’ (Washington Redskins) signings were officially announced via their respective teams last week.

Jacobs, who hails from Temple Hills and is a Suitland High School alum, is grateful for his NFL opportunity.

“Redskin Nation: you gain a warrior @LevernJacobs the odds never looked better against him #HeReady,” tweeted his brother Taivon Jacobs, a senior receiver at Maryland.

Prince George’s County through and through, the hometown Redskins are getting a productive player with playmaking ability. Known for his excellent speed, Jacobs clocked a 4.45 40-yard dash at Maryland’s Pro Day, which would have been tied for 12th best at the NFL Combine. He finished the season with 439 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 41 receptions. Twice he led the Terps in receptions and receiving yards in 2013 and 2015 and finished his career ranked seventh in Maryland history with 130 receptions and 12th in receiving yards with 1,544.

“’Vern is a great competitor, the sky is the limit for him,” said Maryland senior safety Josh Woods.

Hill, a Georgia native, started every game this past season as a senior and recorded a career-high 51 tackles and led the team with two interceptions. A seasoned player, Hill played in 47 games at Maryland and finished with a career of 106 tackles and three interceptions. His 6-foot, 201-pound frame is ideal for today’s NFL’s desire for bigger cornerbacks, however, his speed remains in question as he posted a 4.69 in the 40-yard dash.

Edmunds, a graduate transfer from Virginia Tech, played sparingly in his lone season in College Park. He recorded 158 rushing yards and one touchdown on just 26 carries this past season. His best season came in his freshman year, where he amassed 675 yards and 10 touchdowns to go along with two receiving touchdowns, which earned him honorable mention freshman All-American honors.

Battling injuries and an unfavorable depth chart, he was unable to regain any traction in terms of establishing playing time. Listed at 6-feet-1 and 223 pounds, Edmunds ran a 4.48 40-yard-dash, which is considered an excellent time for a player his size. His time would have been tied for fourth-best at this year’s combine. With the Chiefs recently parting ways with running back Jamaal Charles, Edmunds has a favorable chance to get noticed in camp and make the team’s 53-man roster.

Morgan, a Hanover native, led the Terps in receptions (43) and was second on the team in receiving yards (497) and touchdowns (4). A graduate transfer from New Mexico State, Morgan had his most productive season in 2014 where he recorded 75 receptions, 903 yards and seven touchdowns for the Aggies. Morgan, who clocked a 4.61 40-yard dash at Maryland’s Pro Day, will look to find a spot on a 49ers team who struggled mightily at times to create offense.

Each organization’s mandatory rookie minicamp will begin on May 12 and will end May 14. Granted that each player makes the roster, they will begin organized team activities (OTAs) offseason workouts on May 23 and will report to mandatory minicamp from June 13-15.

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