Teddy Corwin

Former Redbird defensive end Teddy Corwin (87) has his sights set on the professional level of the NFL.

RB, Marshaun Coprich

Former Redbird running back Marshaun Coprich signed a three-year contract with the New York Giants on Sunday.

Despite previous reports saying that he would be signing with the Minnesota Vikings, the two-time All-American decided to ink a deal to join the G-Men.

Although the deal does include a signing bonus of an undisclosed amount, Coprich’s deal is not guaranteed. Injury or poor performance in mini-camp could lead to him being cut.

He is seen as a change-of-pace, third down back in the same mold of Darren Sproles or Jacquizz Rodgers. His ability to catch the ball out of the backfield is one of the things that attracted teams.

The 5-foot-9, 205-lb. back ran one of the fastest 40-yard dash times at the NFL Combine in late February with a 4.47. Coprich will have his speed and versatility on display when New York’s minicamp opens up.

Coprich went undrafted despite being projected as a fourth to seventh round selection. He was ranked among many experts as a top-10 running back.

Many believe his offseason arrest in 2015 for selling marijuana to an undercover police officer is the main reason that he ended up going undrafted.

The two-time Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year rushed for nearly 5,200 yards and 59 touchdowns in his four-year career.

QB - WR/CB, Tre Roberson

Tre Roberson, a former playmaking quarterback at Illinois State, will be heading to San Diego to try and earn a spot in the Chargers organization.

Roberson, a 6-foot-1, 201-lb. athlete, is not projected to be a quarterback at the next level. Instead, he has been working out as both a wide receiver and defensive back, although at this time it is not yet clear which position the Chargers want him to play.

This does not ensure Roberson a roster spot, but it will give him the opportunity to impress the San Diego coaching staff in a bid to make either the 53-man roster or practice squad.

A transfer from Indiana University, the Indianapolis native helped the Redbirds soar to new heights in his two years at ISU. 

The quarterback formed one of the most dynamic backfield in the country with running back Marshaun Coprich. He threw for over 5,400 yards with 48 touchdowns while rushing for over 1,800 yards and 22 scores.

Roberson led the ’Birds to their first-ever national championship in 2014. His 58-yard rushing touchdown with under two minutes left in the title game gave ISU a 27-23 lead over North Dakota State. 

The Redbirds lost the game, but Roberson’s leadership and playmaking ability put them in position to win.

He will look to join Colton Underwood as the latest Redbird to join the NFL as a Charger.

DE, David Perkins

David Perkins was picked up by the Seattle Seahawks after going undrafted.

The defensive end was projected in some mock drafts to go in either the sixth or seventh round, but after no team selected him, he chose to sign with Seattle.

Perkins is projected as an inside linebacker in a 4-3 defensive scheme in the NFL. His athleticism and speed off the edge is what makes teams the most interested.

Although he shows quickness and burst, teams are concerned that he is not big enough to be a consistent pass rusher and run stopper. He is seen as an intriguing prospect who will have to prove he is capable of making strides and he may need to add some more weight if he is going to make either the 53-man roster or the practice squad.

The 6-foot-3, 240-lb. athlete ran a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash, proving he has next-level speed. And his 8.5 sacks and 12 tackles-for-loss show he can get into the backfield with consistency.

Perkins was a Second-Team All-Valley selection at defensive end after ranking No. 8 in the conference in sacks and TFL’s. 

The Ohio State transfer proved he can play and excel against the highest level of Division I college football throughout his career.

DE, Teddy Corwin

Former Redbird defensive end Teddy Corwin accepted an invitation for a workout with the Washington Redskins.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder is looking to make an impression with the Redskins after one of the most successful careers at ISU.

Corwin was a two-time All-Valley selection, picking up a First Team honor in 2014 after a career-high 98 tackles, including 7.5 sacks and tying for the team lead with three interceptions from the defensive end position.

Corwin then followed up with a Second Team selection in 2015. Despite missing five games with a broken foot, he managed to rack up 51 tackles.

Zack Carpenter is a senior journalism major and sports editor at The Vidette. He can be reached by email at vidette_zecarpe@ilstu.edu and found on Twitter @ZCarp11.​

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