The 2013 NFL Draft came and went, and though three Ivy League players were selected, no Penn players went. But it didn't take much time past pick No. 254 for the Baltimore Ravens to call up senior DE/OLB Brandon Copeland to sign him as a free agent.
Copeland is a Baltimore native whose been a Ravens fan his entire life, and his grandfather Roy Hilton won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Colts in 1971. He attended the NFL Regional Combine at the Ravens facility and worked out for the team again earlier this month. Copeland was hoping to be drafted today in a late round, but he felt he had a good chance to sign with a team if not. He watched the draft at his off-campus house with a few family members and friends.
OL Joe Bonadies also received good news today. He was invited by the Minnesota Vikings to their rookie mini camp next weekend. "I'm definitely very excited, a lot of emotions, it's an awesome opportunity to get a chance to showcase my skills," Bonadies said Saturday night. He had heard from the Vikings earlier this week that they would invite him and received the official invitation after the draft.
"Hopefully I do well, that's the plan," Bonadies said. "Showcase my skills and hopefully get signed."
Bonadies was with Copeland earlier Saturday and is excited for him. "It's a great opportunity, it's his hometown team, it's a great organization," he said. "I'm happy for him. He knew he was going to get some kind of opportunity.
Punter Scott Lopano was also hoping to hear from an NFL team today, but so far has not been signed.