Visanthe Shiancoe

Former Maryland football players Byron Cowart, Ty Johnson, Derwin Gray taken on third day of NFL draft

Former Maryland football players Byron Cowart, Ty Johnson, Derwin Gray taken on third day of NFL draft

Former Maryland teammates Byron Cowart and Ty Johnson, who saw the trajectories of their respective college football careers start and end going in different directions, will begin their NFL careers on nearly the same plane after being drafted Saturday.

Cowart, a defensive lineman who was the top-rated high school prospect in the country in Florida but did little in two years at Auburn before transferring to Maryland last season, was taken by the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in the fifth round (No. 159 overall).

Johnson, a relatively obscure three-star prospect from Cumberland who wound up as the team’s top running back during his sophomore and junior...

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