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April 30, 2012KENT, Ohio - While no Golden Flashes were drafted in the 2012 NFL Draft there were still three players that will have a chance to pursue their NFL dreams via the route of being unsigned Free Agents. Chris Anzevino, Ishmaa'ily Kitchen and Sam Kirkland have all reached agreements with NFL teams and will be reporting for mini-camps in the very near future.
Anzevino is a product of Warren (Ohio) Harding high school and has signed a deal with the Baltimore Ravens. The 6-foot-2, 300-pounder played 48 games with Kent State at the center position and was voted a team captain for the 2011 season in a vote by the players and the coaches.
He was named to the Rimington Watch list (nation's best center) for two straight seasons and was named All-MAC 3rd team after the 2010 season.
Kitchen will join him in Baltimore as well after completing his deal with the Ravens. The 6-foot-3, 335-pounder came out of Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney high school and played in 45 games during his Kent State career.
Kitchen played in nine of 12 games during this past season and amassed 65 tackles during his career including 5 solo TFLs and 11 assisted TFLs as well as a total of five (2 solo, 3 assisted) during his career.
Kirkland came to Kent State by way of Chesapeake (Va.) Deep Creek high school and now the 6-foot, 189-pounder will go back closer to home after signing a deal with the Washington Redskins. Kirkland played in 44 games during his Kent State career and his 113 career catches ties him for 6th among the program's career leaders.
Like Anzevino, Kirkland was named a team captain for the 2011 season. He also tied a NFL Combine record with a 45-inch vertical jump. During the 2011 season Kirkland was held out of the end zone but had his most prolific game against Louisiana-Lafayette where he had six receptions for 51 yards. Kirkland could make an impact on special teams and this past season had 12 KO returns for 220 yards.
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