With Derrick Wells officially signing with the Buccaneers on Monday, the Gophers now have seven members of last year's squad with NFL teams. Here's a look at each of the seven with their roster outlook:
TE Maxx Williams (Ravens, second round) -- Baltimore traded up three spots with Arizona to get Williams at No. 55, knowing the Steelers were ready to grab him at No. 56, as a replacement for Heath Miller. The Ravens gave TE Dennis Pitta a five-year, $32 million contract last year but he missed most of the season with a hip injury. Owen Daniels filled in, making 48 catches for 527 yards, but signed a free agent deal with the Broncos.
LB Damien Wilson (Cowboys, fourth round) -- The Dallas Morning News noted that the Cowboys considered taking linebacker Eric Kendricks in the first round before the Vikings grabbed him. The Cowboys waited to grab a linebacker until the fourth and took Wilson, who they believe can be an even better version of Anthony Hitchens.
RB David Cobb (Titans, fourth round) -- There already is speculation that Cobb could replace Bishop Sankey as Tennessee's starting tailback this fall. Sankey, a second-round pick from Washington last year, averaged just 3.7 yards per carry for the Titans.
DB Cedric Thompson (Dolphins, fifth round) -- With Dolphins safety Louis Delmas coming back from ACL surgery, Thompson gives Miami immediate depth at that position. According to Fox Sports Florida, "Even with Delmas uncertain to begin the season healthy, Thompson will likely see sporadic playing time on defense in his rookie season behind Reshad Jones and Michael Thomas but will be given a chance to have a meaningful role on special teams."
DT Cameron Botticelli (Chargers, undrafted free agent) -- Defensive line was a position of need for the Chargers heading into the draft, and they didn't address it until the sixth round, with Arkansas DT Darius Philon. Botticelli was a walk-on at Minnesota but wound up starting 47 games for the Gophers. He's a candidate to climb the depth chart in San Diego as well.
WR Isaac Fruechte (Vikings, undrafted free agent) -- Fruechte worked and worked and worked throughout a college career that started as Rochester Community and Technical College. After making 50 receptions in three years with the Gophers, the Caledonia native now has a chance to be the next undrafted success story for the Vikings, joining Marcus Sherels and Adam Thielen.
DB Derrick Wells (Buccaneers, undrafted free agent) -- Wells played both safety and cornerback for the Gophers and was a standout when healthy. The Buccaneers gave him a look at safety at their rookie mini-camp and saw enough to sign him to a contract. He grew up in Lehigh Acres, Fla., right outside Fort Myers, so this is a special homecoming for him.