UW vs Air Force

Wyoming free safety Andrew Wingard is congratulated by fans following the Cowboys' last-minute win against Air Force on Nov. 17 at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.

LARAMIE — By the time the NFL Draft ended late Saturday afternoon, only one Wyoming player had come off the board.

Marcus Epps made it three straight years the Cowboys have been represented in the draft when the Minnesota Vikings took the safety in the sixth round with the 191st overall pick. But a handful of other Wyoming players will get their shot at the next level as undrafted free agents.

Players who didn’t have their name called in the seven-round draft get to choose which team they want to sign with given that there’s interest from multiple teams. Here’s a look at former Wyoming players who have signed as undrafted free agents so far.

Andrew Wingard — Jacksonville Jaguars

Despite his production as a four-year starter at Wyoming, questions lingered throughout the draft process about his size and athleticism. Wingard’s 454 career tackles are the second-most in school history and tied for the most in Mountain West history.

Carl Granderson — New Orleans Saints

Granderson, whom CBS Sports ranked as one of the draft’s top 100 prospects heading into his senior season, was widely projected as a mid-round pick before his draft stock plummeted once he was charged with sexual assault in February. He was highly productive in his last two seasons with the Cowboys, but ability isn’t the real question mark right now for the edge rusher.

Tyree Mayfield — San Francisco 49ers

Mayfield became the go-to target at tight end for Wyoming last season with career-highs in catches (21), yards (345) and touchdowns (2). Primarily a backup before last season, Mayfield finished his collegiate career with 39 receptions for 503 yards with three scores.

Nico Evans — Philadelphia Eagles

Evans was a virtual unknown in college football before bursting onto the scene as a fifth-year senior. He led the Mountain West with 1,325 yards — the fourth-highest single-season rushing total in school history. There’s plenty of tread left on Evans’ tires with just 36 career carries before his final season.

Sidney Malauulu — San Francisco 49ers

Malauulu played in 41 career games at nose tackle for Wyoming. The 6-foot-3, 295-pounder had his best season as a senior, finishing with 28 tackles, six tackles for loss and three sacks.

Austin Fort — Denver Broncos

Fort dealt with a knee injury that limited him to nine games as a senior tight end. The Gillette native finished his career with 17 catches for 221 yards and four touchdowns. He ran the 40-yard dash in the mid-4.5s at Wyoming’s pro day.

Undrafted free agents will join draftees at each team’s rookie minicamp next month.

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Davis Potter is the University of Wyoming athletics reporter. An Alabama native and 2011 Auburn University graduate, Potter joined the Star-Tribune in 2018 after five years covering Ole Miss and the Southeastern Conference. He lives in Laramie.

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