A curious decision resulted in a free-agent contract for Marquez North. The former Tennessee receiver agreed to a free-agent contract with the Los Angeles Rams after going undrafted.
North surprised many when he decided to forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the NFL draft. As a junior in 2015, North only played in seven games and started just four because of various injuries. He caught six passes for 58 yards. He caught 74 passes for 874 yards in his three seasons at Tennessee.
North, 6-foot-2, 223-pounds, showed flashes that he could be a great receiver as a freshman at Tennessee. He started all 11 games in 2013 and was second on the team with 38 catches, and he led the Vols with 496 receiving yards during what was thought to be a breakout season. The 38 catches were second-most by a freshman in Tennessee history. North caught 30 passes for 320 yards as a sophomore in 2014.
North’s speed has been questioned, but he posted a 4.48-second time in the 40-yard dash, then backed that up with a 4.42 during Tennessee’s pro day. North certainly showed flashes of greatness at Tennessee. While North didn’t reach expectations set for him after his freshman season, it will be interesting to see how he fares in the NFL.
Other former Tennessee players to sign free-agent contracts include tight end Alex Ellis (Tennessee Titans), receiver Alton “Pig” Howard (Oakland Raiders) and linebacker/defensive end Curt Maggitt (Indianapolis Colts).