Saturday, April 18, 2015

Stony Brook's Bamiro dodges NFL Draft

NFL free agent Michael Bamiro. (Photo via Stony Brook University´s Flickr)
NFL free agent Michael Bamiro. (Photo via Stony Brook University's Flickr)

Michael Bamiro, a 6-foot-8, 335-pound offensive lineman out of Stony Brook, has done something it appears no other NFL prospect has been able to do before: become a free agent in the NFL without going through the draft process.

Bamiro planned to play his senior season with the Seawolves, and was named a first-team FCS All-American by Sports Network week, but because of a technicality, the NCAA denied him another year of eligibility.

The NFL also declared Bamiro ineligible for their supplemental draft because he is not an underclassman, making him a free agent, according to FOX Sports.

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  • It's a quirky development that, sources say, began to formulate in the spring when Bamiro learned from his coaches that a waiver to give him another year of eligibility was going to be denied by the NCAA because Bamiro attended the University of Pittsburgh in 2008. Even though he didn't play football at Pitt, the clock on his eligibility started ticking.

    The 6-foot-8, 335-pound Bamiro then decided he wanted to play football, so he transferred to Stony Brook, where one of his brothers (David) was once a linebacker, while another (Solomon) played basketball. (Solomon, known as "Bam Bam," is now a member of the Harlem Globetrotters.)

    Michael Bamiro sat out the 2009 season with a redshirt designation after transferring. In 2010, he stepped in as the Seawolves' starting right tackle, a position he held for three seasons. Bamiro, a first-team All-Big South selection last season, was expecting to stay there in 2013, only to learn his college career was over and that he wouldn't be subject to the supplemental draft.

    Teams can now get a player with the skills to be drafted without having to give up a pick to do so. Bamiro will hold a workout for teams this Thursday in Medford, N.J., a source told FOX Sports.

    There were 22 teams represented at Bamiro's workout, including the Eagles.

    The 22-year-old tackle, who trains with former Eagles lineman Tra Thomas, would likely have been selected in the fifth or sixth round of the NFL Draft, writes Garafolo.

    That means that Bamiro is likely the first player with draft-grade talent to become a free agent without going through the process. Sure, there have been other players to make it to the NFL without being drafted - Garafolo points to former Eagles Vince Papale and Michael Lewis as examples - but none have done it in quite this way.

    Click here to read Garafolo's full story, which includes great details about other players - like Bo Jackson, John Elway, and Eli Manning - who unsuccessfully tried to dodge the draft.

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