3 Syracuse players earn NFL opportunities after being drafted


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Former Syracuse defensive linemen McKinley Williams, Kingsley Jonathan and Josh Black all signed with NFL teams or received minicamp invites shortly after the 2022 league draft ended. Saturday night. No Syracuse player was selected in this year’s draft, the first time the Orange had been without a selection since 2017.

Black was the first to announce his opportunity after being invited to the Chicago Bears minicamp, which takes place May 6-8 in Lake Forest, Illinois. Black is from Illinois and earned an honorable mention from the All-Atlantic Coast Conference last season. He recorded 155 tackles, eight sacks and one interception during his six-year career at Syracuse.

Jonathan then became the first SU player in the class this year to sign after signing a free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills. The Baltimore, Maryland native played five years with the Orange, collecting 101 tackles, 15 sacks and three forced fumbles. His three sacks against Boston College last season were tied for eighth most in school history by a single game. On his pro day on March 31, Jonathan ran a 4.76 40-yard sprint, landed 28 reps in the bench press and jumped 10 feet in the long jump.

Williams signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts, according to his agency, Perez Sports Associates. Williams appeared in games over six seasons at Syracuse as an inside defensive lineman, recording 122 tackles, four sacks and a fumble recovery. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Florida native started in eight games last season and had a season-high five tackles in SU’s final game of the season against Pitt.

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