Jimmy Pruitt, a two-time All-Mountain West honorable mention defensive back, became the third San Jose State University football player to sign a National Football League contract as an undrafted free agent following the 2016 player draft.
Undrafted and unsigned during the first wave of free agent signings the weekend of April 30, Pruitt was invited to the New Orleans Saints' rookie camp the weekend of May 13-15 and was signed to the team's 90-man off-season roster.
Pruitt joins former San Jose State cornerback Christopher Owens as defensive back candidates for the Saints in 2016. Owens completed his eighth season in the NFL after signing with New Orleans just past the midpoint of the 2015 season.
Pruitt, cornerback Cleveland Wallace, III, and long snapper Ryan DiSalvo are the three Spartans from the 2015 AutoNation Cure Bowl champion team to sign a NFL contract as an undrafted free agent. Running back Tyler Ervin, a fourth round pick of the Houston Texans, and offensive lineman Wes Schweitzer, the Atlanta Falcons' sixth round pick, were selected on the third day of the NFL Draft.
San Jose State University football players listed on NFL rosters (as of May 17)
|Player, Pos.||Team||NFL Experience|
|Bené Benwikere, CB||Carolina Panthers||Two seasons|
|Tyler Ervin, RB||Houston Texans||Rookie - 2016 fourth round draft choice|
|Ryan DiSalvo, LS||Miami Dolphins||Rookie - 2016 undrafted free agent|
|David Fales, QB||Chicago Bears||Two seasons|
|Duke Ihenacho, S||Washington Redskins||Four seasons|
|James Jones, WR||Green Bay Packers||Ten seasons|
|Akeem King, DB||Atlanta Falcons||One season|
|Dwight Lowery, S||San Diego Chargers||Eight seasons|
|Christopher Owens, CB||New Orleans Saints||Seven seasons|
|Jimmy Pruitt, CB||New Orleans Saints||Rookie -- 2016 undrafted free agent|
|David Quessenberry, OT||Houston Texans||Three seasons|
|Wes Schweitzer, OL||Atlanta Falcons||Rookie -- 2016 sixth round draft choice|
|Keith Smith, LB||Dallas Cowboys||Two seasons|
|Peyton Thompson, CB||Jacksonville Jaguars||Two seasons|
|Cleveland Wallace, III, CB||Houston Texans||Rookie -- 2016 undrafted free agent|