BY JEREMY SCHILLING
Seven rounds and 253 picks came and went, and Jose Gumbs’ name was not called in New York.
Thankfully for Gumbs and the Monmouth University football community, after the draft was a different story.
Monmouth’s star safety agreed Saturday night to sign with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent. The Saints were one of several teams who reportedly worked out Gumbs after his pro day, with the Giants and Jets being two of the others.
Incidentally, the current NFL player most synonymous for being a Hawk alum, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin, caught on as an undrafted free agent. Gumbs joins Austin, Seattle Seahawks tight end John Nalbone and Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chris Hogan as former Monmouth players on current NFL rosters.
Gumbs led the Hawks in tackles last year with 75, had two interceptions, forced four fumbles and blocked three kicks. His hard hitting style and hatred for losing was a staple of the Hawks defense over the last four years was apparently attractive enough for the Saints to want to sign him.
And now Gumbs has the opportunity every young kid dreams about: having the opportunity to state his case to the Saints as to why he should make their roster for the upcoming 2012-2013 season.