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Former IU football players sign free agent deals after NFL Draft

Then-junior running back Stevie Scott III runs with the ball Nov. 14 in Spartan Stadium at East Lansing, Michigan. Scott is among the former IU football players to go undrafted and sign contracts with NFL teams.
Then-junior running back Stevie Scott III runs with the ball Nov. 14 in Spartan Stadium at East Lansing, Michigan. Scott is among the former IU football players to go undrafted and sign contracts with NFL teams.

Six former IU football players signed undrafted free agent deals with NFL teams on Saturday after not being selected in the NFL Draft.

Wide receiver Whop Philyor signed a deal with the Minnesota Vikings. In 2020, Philyor led the Big Ten with 54 receptions and was named an honorable-mention All-Big Ten. In the Outback Bowl on Jan. 2, Philyor set a Big Ten bowl record and an Outback Bowl record with 18 receptions. Philyor finished his IU career with 180 receptions and 2,067 receiving yards.

Running back Stevie Scott III signed with the New Orleans Saints. Scott was a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2020 after finishing the year with 10 rushing touchdowns and 561 yards. In his career, Scott totaled 2,543 rushing yards, ninth in program history, and 30 touchdowns, fourth in program history.

Defensive lineman Jerome Johnson agreed to a deal with the Miami Dolphins. Johnson had four sacks in 2020 and 18 tackles. Johnson was selected by the media as first-team All-Big Ten. In his career, Johnson had 111 tackles, 63 solo tackles and 13.5 sacks.

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Center Harry Crider signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. Crider was named honorable-mention All-Big Ten in 2020 after anchoring an IU offensive line that allowed the fewest sacks per game in the Big Ten. Crider started eight games, all at center, in 2020 and started 12 games in 2019, including 11 at left guard and one at center.

Offensive lineman Coy Cronk, who played at IU for four seasons before transferring to Iowa prior to the 2020 season, signed a deal with Green Bay Packers. Cronk started 40 games at left tackle for IU. After his senior season at IU was cut short due to a lower leg injury, Cronk transferred to Iowa, where he played in two games.

Cronk will join Simon Stepaniak, who was drafted by Green Bay out of IU in the sixth round of the 2020 draft.

Quarterback Peyton Ramsey signed a deal with the Carolina Panthers. Ramsey, who transferred to Northwestern prior to the 2020 season, threw for 2,454 yards in 2019 with IU, leading the team to an 8-5 record. Ramsey was named honorable-mention All-Big Ten. At Northwestern, Ramsey threw for 1,733 yards in eight games and led the Wildcats to a Big Ten West title.


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