Northwest Missouri State defensive tackle Travis Chappelear and wide receiver Tyler Shaw were among a select group of Division II players to sign rookie free agents deals after the conclusion of the NFL Draft Saturday.
Chappelear signed with the Cincinnati Bengals—an AFC playoff team each of the last two years—and Shaw agreed to a deal with the Arizona Cardinals.
Both will report to mini-camp with their respective teams next month.
Northwest's most highly rated NFL prospect, Chappelear (6-5, 270) hooked on with a Bengal team that finished 10-6 last year and lost in the Wild Card round to Houston.
The Bengals have one of the NFL's best defenses and their front four contains largely seasoned veterans.
Chappelear, a Missouri State transfer, was Northwest's third leading tackler last year with 62 in his one and only season as a starter.
He improved his NFL stock greatly at Northwest's pro day in March, benching 34 reps of 225 pounds and running a 4.7 40-yard dash.
A three year starter at Northwest, Shaw (6-0, 180) and the Cardinals engaged in talks during the final rounds of the Draft before both sides came to an agreement.
The St. Louis-native was added to a receiving corps that is headlined by all-pro Larry Fitzgerald. Arizona also drafted wide receiver Ryan Swope of Texas A&M in the sixth round.
A track All-American, Shaw ran a 4.4 40-yard dash at Missouri Western's pro day and had his most productive year as a senior, catching 54 passes for 957 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Shaw and Chappelear raise Northwest's total to three former players in NFL camps. Linebacker Chad Kilgore signed with the Kansas City Chiefs prior to the Draft.
Northwest has not had a player drafted since running back Xavier Omon in 2008.
In all, 11 players from Division II schools were taken in the 2013 Draft and 13 signed as free agents.
Three MIAA players—Missouri Southern defensive lineman Brandon Williams, Missouri Western defensive end David Bass and Northeastern State offensive lineman Michael Bowie—were among those that got drafted.
Williams went in the third round to the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. Bass was chosen by the Oakland Raiders in the seventh round and Bowie was a seventh round choice of the Seattle Seahawks.
Northwest faced those three and two other draft choices—Harding's Ty Powell and East Central's (Okla.) Armonty Bryant last year. Powell and Bryant each went in the seventh round.
Missouri Western running back Michael Hill (San Diego Chargers), Central Missouri offensive lineman Logan Freeman (Oakland Raiders), Lindenwood running back Denodus O'Bryant (Indianapolis Colts) and Lindenwood wide receiver Andrew Helmick (Atlanta Falcons) were all free agent pick-ups.