Although no Tulane player was taken in the NFL draft for the first time in three years, three of them signed free-agent contracts by Sunday morning.
Defensive end Royce LaFrance, from Harvey who attended Helen Cox High, is staying in New Orleans after signing with the Saints. LaFrance had 20 career sacks with the Green Wave, ranking third on the school’s all-time list.
Running back Rob Kelley, from Walker, landed in Washington after rushing for 1,270 yards in his career. He sat out 2014 under a team suspension but returned in the fall, gaining 232 yards on 65 carries.
Offensive tackle Arturo Uzdavinis signed with Houston. Uzdavinis, a three-year starter, was the only Tulane player rated among the top 1,000 draft prospects by CBSSports.com.
Safety Darion Monroe, a four-year starter whose 333 career tackles rank eighth in Tulane history, had not signed with anyone as of Sunday afternoon.