Hamilton’s Daryl Waud is the latest Western Mustang to make the jump directly to the NFL.
Waud was one of five players signed by the Washington Redskins following the team’s mini-camp. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive tackle also attended rookie camp with the New York Giants.
A Hamilton native, Waud recorded 81 total tackles, seven sacks and two interceptions during his four-year career with the Mustangs. This past season he recorded 14.5 tackles and three sacks on his way to earning OUA First Team All-Star and CIS First Team All-Canadian honours.
Waud joins a handful of former Mustangs who have made the jump directly to the NFL.
Vaughn Martin who was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 2009.
Receiver Tyrone Williams was picked by the Phoenix Cardinals with their ninth round selection (239th overall) in the 1992 NFL draft and later won a Super Bowl ring while on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.
Fullback Tim Tindale signed as a free agent with the Buffalo Bills in 1994. The London Ontario native won two Hec Crighton trophies as the top university football player in Canada while with the Mustangs.
In total four CIS grads are currently on NFL rosters despite not being drafted and not having played NCAA football (McGill’s Laurent Duvernay Tardif (OL) was drafted by the Chiefs in 2014).
Regina’s Jon Ryan (P) won a Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks. Panthers offensive tackle David Foucault (Université de Montréal), Bills defensive tackle Stefan Charles (Regina) and Colts linebacker Henoc Muamba (St. Francis Xavier) are the others.
Waud first captured the attention of NFL scouts while playing in the 90th East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 in Florida. He was one of only two Canadian University players invited to the top prospects game (one wide receiver Addison Richards from the Regina Rams was the other).