LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Following the conclusion of the 2013 NFL Draft, three former University of Louisville football players signed as undrafted free agents.
Center Mario Benavides agreed to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, offensive tackle Alex Kupper with the Houston Texans and cornerback Adrian Bushell inked a deal with the Oakland Raiders.
Benavides was one of the most consistent players on the rosters, appearing in 47 games as a starter. He posted his best years in 2013, starting all 13 games and earning first team All-BIG EAST accolades. He helped guide the Cardinals to an 11-2 record and a win over third-ranked Florida in the Sugar Bowl.
With Benavides at center, the Cardinals averaged over 30 points per game and 418.8 yards of total offense.
Kupper started 26 straight games, appearing on all positions on the offensive line. He made starts at tackle, guard and center during his career. He made 13 starts in each of the last two seasons. A product of Louisville, Ky., Kupper started the first three games at center because of an injury to Mario Benavides. Kupper earned second team All-BIG EAST accolades this past season after anchoring down the left tackle position.
Bushell was a two-time All-BIG EAST selection after transferring from Florida. This season, Bushell finished fourth on the team in tackles with 62 and led the team with 13 pass breakups. Bushell recorded one interception and recovered three fumbles in leading the Cardinals’ defense to its third straight top 25 finish in the national statistics.