The Oregon State Beavers streak of 17 years with a player being drafted in the NFL Draft ended abruptly in 2018. Although the Beavers didn’t have many players of note entering the NFL Draft this year, many believed Ryan Nall would be a day three selection, as the only Beav invited to the NFL Combine in February. As disappointing as this may have been to Beaver Nation, Nall landed in a great spot post-draft, in signing with the Chicago Bears. You can read all about Nall and his fit with “Da Bears” right here.
But let’s catch you up on some Beavers not named Ryan Nall who signed with NFL teams!
Manase Hungalu earned a tryout with the Jacksonville Jaguars and impressed them enough to earn a deal during rookie minicamp:
The #Jaguars plan to sign Oregon State LB Manase Hungalu following his tryout with the team during rookie minicamp, per league source.— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) May 13, 2018
Oregon State Football’s official Twitter account confirmed this transaction:
Some people where pretty excited about the signing and, to be honest, Hungalu is an excellent fit for the defensive-minded Jags.
The Jaguars sign Oregon State rookie LB Manase Hungalu. The dude is straight hype. Fits right in with sacksonville. pic.twitter.com/H4NFUIdnLa— Another Jags Podcast (@AnotherJagsPod) May 14, 2018
Fun fact for you guys, Manase Hungalu won Armchair Pac 12‘s Defensive Player of the Week honors during week one of the 2017 season and was a rare bright spot on an otherwise uninspiring defense.
Jags fans, check out some Hungalu highlights:
Additionally, cornerback Kyle White was picked up by the New Orleans Saints. White was the player that famously called former USC QB Sam Darnold “nothing special” following a loss to the Trojans in 2017.
To rejog your memory:
Oregon State cornerback Kyle White wasn’t impressed by USC. From the quote sheet: “I think USC was USC. Nothing special."— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) October 8, 2017
Anyways, back to White signing with the Saints:
Congratulations to Macon East and Oregon State graduate, Kyle White, on signing to play with the New Orleans Saints!! pic.twitter.com/uutc9zYleX— Macon East Academy (@MEAKnights) May 1, 2018
Oregon State Football later confirmed this:
This may be a perfect fit for the young CB, as the Saints Defense has been much improved over the last year and their other corners are also young and inexperienced, opening the door for White to make the squad.
Check out his highlights, Saints fans.
Next we have defensive tackle Paisa Savea who signed with the Kansas City Chiefs immediately following the NFL Draft. He’s a nice fit for Andy Reid’s defense and adds some depth to a defensive line that typically can get after an opposing offense. Plus, Paisa knows how to wear that eyeblack, don’t you think?
Saeva wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine but had a great showing at OSU Pro Day, where he put 29 reps on the bench press.
Bench press leaders: Paisa Savea (29), Titus Failauga (25), Baker Pritchard (24), Phillip Napoleon (21), Manase Hungalu (21) and Landry Payne (21).— Danny Moran (@DannyJMoran) March 16, 2018
All you Chiefs fans out there, check out some highlights of your new DT. Savea is a 6-4 293 lb American Samoa native that can stuff the run, rush the passer and has a little bit of a motor for a two-gap DT. Enjoy:
Here’s a few Clips from senior year!!💪🏽💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/cMJwRcUnGs— Paisa Savea (@bigswoll69) January 20, 2018
#Browns signed WR’s Evan Berry, Da’Mari Scott & Derrick Willies, DL Trenton Thompson &!Daniel Ekuale, DB Elijah Campbell, Micah Hannemann, P Michael Carrizosa & Montrel Meander, OL Christian Dilauro, Desmond Harrison & Fred Lauina, DB Micah Hanneman, and RB Dontrell Hilliard.— Kyle Kelly (@KyleKellyCLE) May 4, 2018
Lauina, another American Samoa product, made his living at guard for Oregon State but also played some tackle for the Beavs — he is listed as an OG for the Browns. His greatest highlight as an OT was a legendary “Tackle Eligible” play against the Stanford Cardinal.
Oregon State ran a throwback to Fred Lauina, a 6-foot-4, 315-pound offensive lineman pic.twitter.com/NRb2Ryjja4— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) October 27, 2017
The backwards pass was a thing of beauty from former QB Darrell Garretson but the run after the catch stole the show.
LOOK AT THE BIG MAN RUMBLE pic.twitter.com/v4nskmpR0T— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) October 27, 2017
The play was drawn up by former OSU Interim Head Coach Cory Hall… who was in over his head and wasn’t very successful, but he knew how to fire up his team and celebrate after an offensive line run after the catch… Good luck to you coach #HallIn.
Oregon State Football later confirmed the signing of both Saeva and Lauina:
Some quick updates for former Beaver players who were NFL Free Agents heading into the 2018 offseason:
Oregon States all-time leading receiver, Markus Wheaton has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. He could fit well here and us Beaver fans would love to see Wheaton finally tear it up in the NFL the way he did at Reser Stadium.
Former Oregon State offensive line standout Dustin Stanton has signed with the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys have one of the best lines in the NFL and Stanton could learn a lot from their All-Pro players and carve out a reserve role with the team.