After draft, Corle, Herndon get calls

Towson running back signs with Buffalo

Morgan State cornerback goes to Seattle

April 18, 2000|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

The names of local NFL hopefuls Jason Corle and Warner Herndon went unheard on TV during the draft, but that doesn't mean their weekend was a lost one.

Corle of Towson and Herndon of Morgan State signed free-agent contracts with NFL teams immediately after the draft, meaning they will be in rookie minicamps next month. The Buffalo Bills signed Corle, a running back, and the Seattle Seahawks picked up Herndon, a cornerback.

"Warner's bigger and faster than the guys we already have here at his position," said Stump Mitchell, an assistant coach at Seattle and Herndon's former coach at Morgan State. "If he comes in and works as hard as he has, he'll be just fine."

In each case, the players will adapt to roles that they weren't in during their senior seasons. Corle, who was second in the Patriot League in both all-purpose yardage and scoring, will try out in a more situational role for a team that lost Thurman Thomas to retirement and only picked up one running back (Texas Tech's Sammy Morris) in the draft.

Corle said he didn't work out for the Bills. But they indicated their interest in him to his agent, Tony Agnone, who called Corle with the news midway through the Sunday portion of the draft.

"They have bigger backs, and they're searching for a third-down back," said Corle, who spent Sunday with his family in Barnegat, N.J. "They're also a real good football team. That also had me interested in their football program."

Likewise, Herndon is a likely candidate to switch from the corner position to strong safety for Seattle. The Seahawks aren't particularly deep at either safety position and didn't draft any defensive backs on Saturday or Sunday.

That factor -- and reuniting with Mitchell -- has the Sacramento, Calif., native fairly excited about joining the Seahawks for minicamp.

"It's closer to home, and from what I hear, they don't have a lot of depth at Seattle, so it would be easier to start," Herndon said.

He'd hoped to be drafted and spent last weekend at home on the West Coast just in case, but as the rounds went by, he became open to being a free-agent pickup. "You don't want to get stuck to one team if you can't fit into one scheme. So you feel more comfortable going to that team."

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