Concordia wide receiver signs with Redskins

Published 10:53 pm Monday, April 27, 2009

Through seven rounds and two days of the NFL Draft, Concordia wide receiver John Halman’s name was not called.

Don’t worry about him though. He’ll be just fine.

The Washington Redskins signed Halman to a three-year free agent contract that gave him a small signing bonus and guarantees the league minimum — $285,000 — his first season. Two more years at the league minimum will net him a combined $795,000.

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“Coming from a small school, everybody’s going to be like, ‘who is this guy,’” said Halman. “I’m going to go in there with an open mindset. I think I can go in there and make the team and contribute right off the bat.”

Halman is the second player that Concordia has put into the NFL ranks in the program’s four-year existence. Titus Ryan was the first to pull off the feat in 2006.

Halman had 40 catches this year for 1,470 yards (a whopping 36.75 yards per catch) and 20 touchdowns. Concordia coach Shepherd Skanes said Halman was the third free agent taken after narrowly missing the cut. Halman received a call from Washington just before the Redskins selected Nevada’s Marko Mitchell with the 247th overall pick.

Despite his stats, Halman was a veritable unknown before the last two weeks. His name began making the rounds, and his stock skyrocketed, culminating with a Green Bay Packers Website writer tabbing him as the sleeper pick of the draft.

“John can stretch the field. He’s going to bring competitiveness, a hard nose to the game,” said Skanes. “He’s going to be an all-around ballplayer for them. Those are the kinds of athletes you don’t want to let go.”