Prep coach Jim O'Leary has seen five of his former players make it to the NFL. Rob Konrad was drafted by Miami in the second round. Brian St. Pierre, (Pittsburgh and now backup quarterback with the Arizona Cardinals), Wayne Lucier (former Giant), and Jon Goff (starting linebacker for the Giants) were all draft picks.
Zardas was one of four UMass players to sign free agent contracts along with receivers Jeremy Horne (Chiefs) safety Jeromy Miles, and wide receiver Victor Cruz (Giants).
Philadelphia had an NFL high 13 picks, and used nine of them on the defensive side of the ball. Head coach Andy Reid's main objective was to get younger, faster, and deeper.
"I'll keep running, eating healthy, and stay in the best shape I can; from all I've heard it will be a pretty intense weekend," said Zardas.