This morning, Gina Mizell of the Oregonian, pointed out that three (newly) former Beavers have made it past the final rounds of NFL cuts to make the 53 man rosters. They include Sean Harlow (drafted in the fourth round by the Atlanta Falcons), Treston Decoud (fifth round, Houston Texans), and Victor Bolden Jr. (undrafted, San Francisco 49ers).
While Sean Harlow saw the majority of his playing time at tackle in college, it was projected that he would make the switch to guard in the NFL. His transitional progress was documented in this piece by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and they seem to like him as part of their run game plans. He joins fellow Beavers Terron Ward and Andy Levitre on the Falcons roster.
Treston Decoud had to spend a good portion of training camp playing catch-up as he missed most of spring finishing up with academics at Oregon State. Despite that, Decoud made a strong impression in his first preseason game with three tackles, a forced fumble, and a pass breakup.
Victor Bolden Jr. has turned out to be quite a surprise for the 49ers and fellow fans who weren’t familiar with him prior to his breakout preseason. Originally projected as a long-shot to make the roster, Bolden was able to impress the organization and its fans with his speed as shown in two returns for a touchdown.
Congratulations to these former Beavers!