Add Danny O’Brien to the list of former University of Wisconsin football players who have landed free-agent deals in the NFL.
O'Brien, who transferred to UW from Maryland in 2012 and then left a year later, has signed a free-agent deal with the Atlanta Falcons. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound quarterback told the Winston-Salem Journal that he will compete in the team's rookie minicamp, which begins Thursday.
After seeing action in seven games with the Badgers, completing 52 of 86 passes for 523 yards with three touchdowns and one interception, O'Brien transferred following coach Bret Bielema's departure to Arkansas. O'Brien spent his final season of eligibility at NCAA Division II Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., where he was 248-for-365 passing for 2,490 yards and 15 touchdowns (vs. just six interceptions) for the Indians (6-5).
According to the Journal, O'Brien spent the winter training for the NFL Draft at a facility in Nashville, Tenn. He attended Wake Forest's Pro Day as well as a pair of NFL regional combines, but did not get the call during the three-day NFL Draft.
“We waited a little bit and then got a couple of calls,” O’Brien told the Journal. “It moves really fast. They called my agent first and then talked to me and confirmed it to secure a shot at rookie minicamp — and I go down on Thursday.”
O’Brien, the 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year at Maryland, told the newspaper that the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs had also shown interest in bringing him into their rookie camps.
“I wanted to come out of the draft with an opportunity to get into camp show my skills and compete,” O’Brien told the Journal.