Three Cats Drafted By NFL Teams

April 28, 2003

TUCSON - Linebacker Lance Briggs, wide receiver Bobby Wade and offensive tackle Makoa Freitas were drafted by National Football League teams this weekend, plus quarterback Jason Johnson, cornerback David Hinton and linebacker Ray Wells made free-agent deals with NFL clubs.

Briggs, 6-foot-1, 242 pounds, was the Cats' leading tackler for three seasons and an All-Pac-10 first-team pick each of those years. He was the first UA player taken with the No. 68 overall pick by the Chicago Bears in the draft's third round on Saturday.

Wade (5-11, 187), who set UA career and season receiving records last year after a 93-catch season, was also taken by the Bears, in the fifth round Sunday. Freitas, (6-foot-4, 300) one of Arizona's steadiest offensive linemen for four years, was tabbed by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round on Sunday.

Johnson (6-2, 200) cut a deal with the Buffalo Bills after the draft. He set numerous season and career passing records including his 293 completions and 3,327 yards last year, plus had a good showing in the East-West Shrine and Hula Bowl games.

Hinton (5-11, 170) signed as a free-agent deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. He had two interceptions and 39 tackles as a senior, plus forced two fumbles and broke up a pair of passes.

Wells (6-0, 220) will compete to make the San Francisco 49ers as a free-agent. He was the Cats' second-leading tackler with 77 as an inside linebacker beside Briggs in 2002.

Wildcat tight end James Hugo and defensive tackle Young Thompson also had workouts with NFL scouts and could sign as free agents. They, as well as the others, had competed in post-season all-star games.

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