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Courtesy: WMU

Three Former Broncos Sign as Undrafted Free Agents

Courtesy: Mat Kanan, director of athletic media relations
Release: 04/27/2013
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - For the first time since 2009, Western Michigan football boasts multiple former players to sign UDFA contracts with NFL organizations in the same year. 

Alex Carder (Detroit Lions), Paul Hazel (Jacksonville Jaguars) and Dann O'Neill (Houston Texans) all signed as undrafted free agents following the conclusion of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Carder ended his Bronco career ranked third in career passing yards (8,886), completions (769), 300-yard passing games (11) and TD passes (74).  He also finished as the career leader in completion percentage, connecting on 63.3 percent of his passes, and had more 400-yard passing games (6) than any one else in WMU football history.  All of this came in spite of him missing six games during his final season in the Brown & Gold.

Hazel made his presence known as a speed rushing defensive end and outside linebacker during his time at WMU.  He finished with 24.0 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks, having his breakout season in 2010 with 12.0 TFLs and 8.0 sacks.  He had 19 career QB Hurries and six pass break ups from his spot in the front seven of WMU's defense.  Hazel also forced seven fumble in his career, registering three in each of his final two seasons.

O'Neill came to WMU in 2009 and after sitting out due to NCAA transfer rules, he became a mainstay on the Bronco offensive line, seeing the field on 2,520 offensive snaps. His career high came in 2011 when he took the field on 1,010 snaps.  O'Neill started all 35 games he played in the Brown & Gold with a career high 13 in 2011.

Carder will join former Bronco Louis Delmas on the Lions' roster, while Hazel joins 2012 UDFA Drew Nowak and 2004 first round draftee (27th overall) Jason Babin in Jacksonville.  O'Neill is the only former Bronco currently on the Houston Texans roster.