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Three Scarlet Knights Sign NFL Free Agent Contracts
Brock, Malast and Westerman Join the Professional Ranks
  • Posted on April 27, 2009 10:56:07 AM
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  • Kevin Brock
    PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Three Scarlet Knights have signed NFL free agent contracts as tight end Kevin Brock (Hackensack, N.J.), linebacker Kevin Malast (Manchester, N.J.) and Jamaal Westerman (Brampton, Ontario) have joined the professional ranks. Brock joined the Carolina Panthers, Malast signed with the Chicago Bears and Westerman agreed to terms with the New York Jets.

    In total, eight players from the 2008 squad have either been drafted or signed free agent contracts, the most of any class in Rutgers history.

    Brock came to Rutgers as a walk-on and developed into a two-year starter at tight end. In 42 career games, Brock caught 49 passes for 541 yards and four touchdowns. As a senior, he put up the best numbers of his career with 26 receptions for 300 yards and two touchdowns. Brock’s most memorable moment as a Scarlet Knight might have been his 15-yard touchdown reception from holder Andrew DePaola (Hereford, Md.) on a fake field goal attempt in Rutgers’ 30-27 victory over No. 2 USF in 2007.

    Malast was a four-year letterwinner and two-year starter at linebacker for the Scarlet Knights. Named a captain as a senior, Malast led the squad with 101 tackles. For his career, he played in 45 games and totaled 207 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and three sacks for his career. His 74-yard interception – his lone career pick – was one of the signature moments in Rutgers’ 54-34 victory at No. 17 Pittsburgh in 2008.

    Kevin Malast

    Westerman, a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter, was a Second Team All-BIG EAST selection in 2008 as he led the Scarlet Knights with six sacks in 12 games. Westerman, who injured his arm in the win over Pittsburgh Oct. 25, played with the injury throughout the remainder of the regular season and delayed his scheduled surgery. He ended the season with 33 tackles.

    For his career, Westerman is third in RU history with 26 sacks. In 50 career games, the defensive end totaled 141 tackles, including 45 behind the line of scrimmage.

    The record-setting 2009 NFL Draft for the Rutgers Football program wrapped up Sunday as four players were selected on the draft’s second day, giving the Scarlet Knights a school-record five draft selections. Wide receiver Kenny Britt (Bayonne, N.J.)  became Rutgers’ first first-round draft choice in school history as he went 30th overall to the Tennessee Titans.

    Quarterback Mike Teel (Oakland, N.J.) and cornerback Jason McCourty (Nanuet, N.Y.) were selected in the sixth round while safety Courtney Greene (New Rochelle, N.Y.) and wide receiver Tiquan Underwood (Lawrenceville, N.J.) were picked in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

    Teel was taken with the 178th pick by the Seattle Seahawks and is just the second Rutgers quarterback selected in the modern NFL Draft (since 1967). McCourty went with the 203rd pick of the draft to the Tennessee Titans, joining former Scarlet Knight and Titan first-round draft pick Kenny Britt in Nashville.

    Jamaal Westerman

    Greene will join Teel in Seattle as the Seahawks selected the four-year starter with the 245th selection of the draft. Underwood was taken with the 253rd pick by the Jaguars to close out Rutgers’ record day.

    In the last three NFL Drafts, 10 Scarlet Knights have been selected, the most in a three-year span in school history. The five players selected in this year’s draft set a new school record, breaking the old mark of three set in 2007 (Brian Leonard, Cameron Stephenson, Clark Harris).


    2009 Rutgers NFL Draft Selections
    Kenny Britt, 1st Round, 30th overall selection, Tennessee Titans
    Mike Teel, 6th Round, 178th overall selection, Seattle Seahawks
    Jason McCourty, 6th Round, 203rd overall selection, Tennessee Titans
    Courtney Greene, 7th Round, 245th overall selection, Seattle Seahawks
    Tiquan Underwood, 7th Round, 253rd overall selection, Jacksonville Jaguars

    2009 Rutgers NFL Free Agent Signings
    Kevin Brock, Carolina Panthers
    Kevin Malast, Chicago Bears
    Jamaal Westerman, New York Jets

    Current Scarlet Knights in the NFL (25)
    Gary Brackett (1999-02) – Indianapolis *
    Kenny Britt (2006-08) – Tennessee *
    Kevin Brock (2004-08) – Carolina *
    Mike Fladell (2003-07) – New York Giants *
    Eric Foster (2003-07) – Indianapolis *
    Courtney Greene (2005-08) – Seattle *
    Clark Harris (2003-06) – Houston *
    Nate Jones (2000-03) – Miami *
    Brian Leonard (2003-06) - St. Louis *
    Kevin Malast (2005-08) – Chicago *
    Jason McCourty (2005-08) – Tennessee *
    Ryan Neill (2001-02, 04-05) – Buffalo *
    Shaun O'Hara (1997-99) – New York Giants
    J'Vonne Parker (2004) – Denver *
    Joe Porter (2003-06) – Green Bay *
    Brandon Renkart (2003-07) – New York Jets *
    Ray Rice (2005-07) – Baltimore *
    Derrick Roberson (2003-06) – Minnesota *
    L.J. Smith (1999-02) – Baltimore *
    Darnell Stapleton (2005-06) – Pittsburgh*
    Cameron Stephenson (2004-06) - Jacksonville *
    Mike Teel (2004-08) – Seattle *
    Tiquan Underwood (2005-08) – Jacksonville *
    Jamaal Westerman (2004-08) – New York Jets *
    Jeremy Zuttah (2004-07) – Tampa Bay *

    *Coached at Rutgers by Greg Schiano

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