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Headed to the NFL

Tech’s Williams drafted in third round, GSU’s Moore inks FA deal
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
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Louisiana Tech defensive lineman Milton Williams was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round of the NFL Draft.

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Grambling State offensive lineman David Moore has signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Carolina Panthers.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Surrounded by family and friends, Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Milton Williams saw his dream come true Friday night as he was selected as the 73rd overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Williams became the 81st Bulldog selected in the NFL Draft in program history and was the highest Tech selection since Vernon Butler was the 30th overall pick in 2016.

Williams, a 6-3, 285-pound defensive lineman, earned 2020 First Team All-C-USA honors by both the conference and Phil Steele, and was named a third team All-American by Pro Football Focus.

In the 2020 season, the native of Crowley, Texas, ranked third in C-USA in tackles for loss with 10.0 and seventh in sacks with 4.5. Williams was fifth on the team in tackles with 44, including 21 solo. He had a season-high eight tackles and a careerhigh 3.0 TFLs against UAB on Oct. 31.

Williams registered at least three tackles in every game of the 2020 campaign.

He also posted two quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery during the season.

During his Tech career, Williams registered 106 total tackles, including 49 solo, 19.0 for loss and 10.0 sacks. Of his 10.0 career sacks, nine were solo.

Grambling State University senior offensive lineman David Moore inked an undrafted deal with the Carolina Panthers on Saturday night.

Moore, who will join former Grambling State University offensive lineman Trent Scott in Carolina, announced the signing about an hour after the National Football League (NFL) Draft had concluded.

“Obviously I am disappointed that I was not selected in the NFL Draft,” Moore said. “I am certainly excited and very hungry to sign with Carolina and look forward to working with the excellent coaching staff in helping me develop into an outstanding offensive lineman.”

In his junior season, Moore appeared in in nine of the Tigers’ 11 games in 2019, serving as a key contributor on the team’s offensive line. With the 2020 fall season being postponed, he opted out of the spring season to focus on the NFL Draft.

Moore, who trained with former Houston Oilers lineman Bruce Matthews during the pandemic to attempt to better his technique and learn some more about the position, was invited to the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl. While at the Senior Bowl, Moore was named one of the best offensive linemen after he earned Practice Player of the Week, which was voted on by the opposing players in the position group they faced during practices.

Moore will join four other Tiger players currently playing in the NFL.

Trent Scott is an offensive lineman for the Carolina Panthers, while wide receiver Chester Rogers plays for the Tennessee Titans and Williams, also a wide receiver, is a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.

On the defensive side, Montrel Meander has spent the past two years playing for the Cleveland Browns.