Lobos Sign NFL Free-Agent Contracts

April 28, 2012

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- University of New Mexico football players Carmen Messina and Jaymar Latchinson earned their way onto NFL franchises Saturday night, following the conclusion of the NFL draft.

Messina, a two-time All-Mountain West Selection (2010 and 2012) who led the conference in tackles for three consecutive years, tweeted that he signed a free-agent contract with the NFC North Division's Detroit Lions.

Messina finished his UNM career with 454 tackles to finish third on the school's all-time list.

Latchison tweeted earler that he signed to play with NFC North rival Green Bay Packers. Latchison finished with 158 career tackles, 10 sacks, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one interception.

The duo hope to follow in the footsteps of 2011 rookie free agent offensive tackle Byron Bell, who turned a shot with the Carolina Panthers into a starting role at season's end.