Three more Miami football alums agree with NFL teams

Oct 30, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Miami football alums offensive lineman Navaughn Donaldson and Jarrid Williams and safety Amari Carter agreed to deals after not being selected in the 2022 NFL Draft. Carter and Donaldson have been invited to rookie minicamps with the Chicago Bears and New York Giants. Williams signed as an undrafted free agent with Philadelphia.

Donaldson has been a four-year starter for Miami. As a true freshman in 2017, Donaldson started 10 of 13 games on the ACC Coastal Division championships that played in the Orange Bowl. After suffering a knee injury in 2019, Donaldson missed all but two games of the 2020 season. Donaldson returned for the 2021 season.

Donaldson started 44 games during his Miami career. At 6’6, 350 pounds, Donaldson has the size to be a road grader at guard. According to Pro Football Focus via Inside the U, Donaldson received a 74.3 passing blocking grade and 59.9 run-blocking grade playing mostly left guard last season following Jalen Rivers’ season-ending injury.

Donaldson allowed 12 pressures and one sack. The Giants have a crowded offensive line room entering rookie training camp. New York selected Alabama tackle Evan Neal in the first round and North Carolina guards Joshua Ezedu in the third and Marcus McKethan in the fifth round. Donaldson has a tough challenge.

Carter will compete in the rookie training camp for Chicago with three draft picks in the secondary. Chicago selected Washington cornerback Kyler Gordon in the second round and safeties Penn State’s Jaquan Brisker in the second round and Elijah Hicks from California in the seventh round.

Carter was the 456th-ranked player in the NFL Mock Draft Database. In the NFL.Com rankings of the best-undrafted players, Carter was the 36th ranked safety. Carter is a hard hitter but often struggled in pass coverage. Carter primarily played striker last season and did not rank in the top 20 Hurricanes by PFF.

Williams was conversely the top-rated Miami football player in 2021. At 6’6, 310 pounds, Williams has excellent size at OT. Williams received an 81.1 pass-blocking grade and an 83.0 run-blocking grade from PFF in 2021. The only OL Philadelphia selected was Nebraska center Cameron Jurgens in the second round.

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Philadelphia is three deep at RT where Williams has played the majority of his college career. Williams will likely be with Philadelphia through training camp. Eagles starting RT Lane Johnson is entering his 10th season. Backup Jack Driscoll was a fourth-round pick in 2020. Williams will have a chance to compete for a roster spot.