Reports: Camiel, Oliver agree to free agent deals

No additional Hoosiers were selected on the final day of the 2017 NFL Draft on Saturday, but a couple former Indiana players appear to have found new homes as undrafted free agents.

Right tackle Dimitric Camiel and inside linebacker Marcus Oliver have each agreed to deals to begin their professional careers. Camiel will latch on with his hometown Houston Texans and Oliver will start off with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to published reports.

No deals are official until players complete a physical.

Oliver, a team captain and All-Big Ten honorable mention selection, decided to forego his final year of eligibility and declared for the draft on Jan. 6. He left Indiana as the program’s all-time leader with 12 forced fumbles.

In 39 career games, including 25 starts, he assisted on 13 takeaways, while making 255 tackles, 157 solo stops, five sacks and 24.5 tackles for loss. He also recovered two fumbles, intercepted a pair of passes and broke up seven passes, too.

Had he not missed IU’s appearance in the Foster Farms Bowl due to injury, Oliver likely would have recorded 100 tackles in a season for the second consecutive year. He finished second on the team with 96 tackles and earned IU’s defensive player of the game honors five separate weeks.

Camiel was the second member of an NFL-caliber right side of the line for Indiana, joining right guard Dan Feeney, who went to the Los Angeles Chargers in the third round of the draft.

The 6-foot-7, 310-pound Texan will now get his shot to make the league.

Camiel played in only two games before suffering a season-ending back injury. He ended his IU career with 20 starts, including 19 at right tackle and one at left tackle.

7 comments

  1. This NFL draft was a disappointment for IU football. Only one guy drafted! Ouch. I thought for sure Oliver would go in rounds 5 – 7. At least he’s likely to sign as a free agent, and still has a chance. When you look at the number of Michigan and OSU players drafted each year, you appreciate the advantage they have over IU in recruiting. They are virtual NFL-player factories. “Come to UM/OSU, we’ll make you an NFL player!”

    One consolation was that not one Oregon player got drafted this year. OUCH!

  2. While I found it hard to believe when I read it, a recent article linked to the Scoop had Mitchell Paige going in the 5th round.

    On the upside, he’s never had an easy path to anything.

  3. It is disappointing that NFL teams couldn’t see Oliver’s talent and draft him. He got bad advice from the group that tells players what level they could expect to get drafted and it should be a cautionary tale to up coming players wanting to leave early.

    Good Luck to both Oliver and Camiel in there efforts to make an NFL team. I hope their efforts pay off and they make the roster.

  4. Scales stayed. Oliver went. If anything Scales had a better reason for going. I know the possibility for injury plays into it. IU win loss record speaks for itself. If IU had more NFL type players they would probably have a better win loss record. As it is for IU players except for a couple past players leaving early is a crap shoot when they get out of the step by step process trying to make it in NFL. I do not wish any IU playeror any player bad luck or ill will. Patience is a virtue. However, the player I am pulling for and wishing well is T. Scales.

  5. Yea, I thought Paige would be drafted too, especially since that guy from UNC, who is the same size as paige, got drafted in the 4th or 5th round. Lot’s of smaller, quick receivers out there with great hands. Paige is one of them. Maybe he will sign as a free agent too.

  6. Nice to see my Bears effed up at the draft…When are they going to get it through their thick hibernating heads that you don’t acquire wimpy quarterbacks from basketball states?

  7. Paige should be able to get a contract with a team for the preseason based on his specialty play. I think he would be a great slot receiver for a team like NE or a team that has a passing game like them.

    Lattimer is another cautionary tale as he got drafted pretty high but hasn’t really developed into a starter WR yet. If he would have stayed one more year, I think he would have been more developed and doing better in the NFL. You never know but that is what I think and just imagine what the team would have been like if he had returned. Now Howard and Coleman showed if you were good enough as a Junior it works to leave early if you want. I wouldn’t take the crap shot if I were a player and come to back to enjoy college one more year and get better getting more reps in to develop my skills.

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