The 2013 NFL Draft had ended, but former CMU safety Jahleel Addae and wide receiver Cody Wilson didn’t have to wait long to find themselves on NFL teams
Just a few hours after the NFL Draft came to a conclusion Addae signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Chargers and Wilson with the Detroit Lions.
Addae joins a team that ranked 20th in scoring defense, allowing opponents to score 21.9 points per game while giving up 297.2 yards per game which was 31st in the NFL last season.
The Chargers also gave up an average of 205.9 pass yards per game, which was ranked 24th in the NFL. Addae will look to help out the Chargers in that pass defense department next season.
Via his Twitter account, Addae expressed how happy he was and how hard he will work now that he is going to be playing at the next level.
“Time to get right,” Addae said. “Watch me work … San Diego I’m on my way. It’s still To God Be The Glory.
“Thanks to everyone who prayed for ya boy and supported me throughout this whole process, Fire Up.”
Wilson also took to Twitter shortly after signing with the Detroit Lions and expressed his thanks to everyone that had helped him get to where he is now.
“Just signed with the Detroit Lions. Praise God,” Wilson said. ” Time to work! Forward down the field … Thanks to everyone for the support and crazy amount of prayers. Time to make this team!”
At CMU’s Pro Day Addae ran a 4.65 40-yard dash and had a vertical jump of 38 ½’’. He also played in the East-West Shrine Game. Wilson ran a 4.66 second 40-yard dash at CMU Pro Day and had 21 reps of 225 pounds.
In his career at CMU Addae received All-MAC honors in each of his three years as a starter for the Chippewas. This included a first team mention as a junior that led to him being named to the Jim Thorpe Award preseason watch list heading into his junior season. Addae led CMU in interceptions last season with four and was third with 89 total tackles.
Wilson was an All-MAC Third Team selection in 2012, his fourth career All-MAC honor. As team co-captain he led all Chippewas with 64 receptions and second in receiving yards with 739 yards.
Wilson is third all-time in program history with 230 career receptions. He was also a Second Team Capital One Academic All-American.
Addae was also a two-time CMU Defensive Player of the Year and was co-captain his senior season.
Jahmile Addae, Jahleel’s older brother, had a standout career for West Virginia and was also an undrafted free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts. He now is an assistant coach at the University of Arizona.
Addae said that his brother has really helped him throughout this process by giving him advice and his opinion about the NFL.