After an NFL Draft that saw zero UCF players get their names called, two former Knights lineman have signed rookie free agent deals to continue their football careers.

Defensive lineman Demetris Anderson, who missed his entire senior season due a torn ACL, signed with the Green Bay Packers, and Lance McDowdell signed with the New Orleans Saints.

Anderson played 26 games as a Knight, totaling 58 tackles and 4.5 sacks. In his redshirt junior season, he recorded 34 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

Prior to UCF, the Fort Pierce native spent one year at the University of Western Michigan before transferring to UCF in 2012.

Unlike Anderson, McDowdell played in the 2015 winless season for the Knights, recording 34 tackles.

"It made me stronger," McDowdell said of disastrous season in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel. "It made me want to prove to the world that I can ball and show them my skills."

Mcdowdell transferred from Nassau Community College to UCF in 2014; that year, he played in nine games and recorded three tackles that season.

Both McDowdell and Anderson had much to prove at UCF’s Pro Day on March 23.

McDowdell measured at 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds. He benched 225 pounds 28 times, ran a 5.18 40-yard dash, a 4.74 20-yard shuttle and had a broad jump of 8-foot-7, according to

Anderson measured at 6-foot-2 and 312 pounds. He recorded 16 reps of 225 pounds, ran a 5.24 40-yard dash, a 4.78 20-yard shuttle and his broad jump was 8-foot-1.

After the pro day, Anderson still had doubts on how the NFL scouts perceived his surgically repaired knee.

"I moved pretty good, but some scouts were still skeptical about my knee," Anderson told the Orlando Sentinel. "They probably still had doubts about my knee. I came to Green Bay and showed them that I could move and I guess they liked what they saw."

Both defensive lineman will compete to make the final 53-man roster this upcoming NFL season.


Jean Racine is a Sports Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future.