Two NFL Teams Eye Former Cheyenne East Star Tevis Bartlett
Tevis Barlett is still chasing the dream. After he was passed over in the NFL Draft, the former East High Thunderbird has been invited to participate in two upcoming rookie minicamps.
This weekend, Barlett will work out for the New York Giants. On May 10th, he'll get another chance to showcase his skills for the Tennesee Titans.
“If things go really well with the Giants, I could sign with them and never make it down to Tennessee,” Bartlett told WyoSports. “All I can do is go out and play as hard as I can and do the best I can and hope they extend a contract my way.”
Bartlett was a quarterback and wrestler at East, leading the T-birds to a state title on the football field in 2013 and winning four state titles on the mat. After choosing the University of Washington over Wyoming and several other schools, he moved to linebacker and quickly became a force for the Huskies defense. Bartlett started 23 games as a junior and senior and was named to All-Pac 12 Conference Team in 2017 and the All-Academic Pac-12 Conference Team three times.
Bartlett would be the fourth Cheyenne East alum to play in the NFL, following in the footsteps of linebacker Troy Dumas, who stared at Nebraska in college and spent two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Cardinals, defensive back Jesse Johnson, who played at the University of Colorado and spent three seasons with the New York Jets, and safety Mike McLeod, who went to Montana State before joining the Green Bay Packers in 1984 and 1985.
Bartlett could also become East High's third current professional athlete, joining Miami Heat forward James Johnson, now in his 10th NBA season, and New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo, who is entering his fourth MLB season.